Ambulance staff to take to the streets of Cork to highlight HSE dispute

Ambulance staff to take to the streets of Cork to highlight HSE dispute

Ambulance staff across Cork are to come together this weekend to raise awareness of their dispute with the HSE.

Ambulance crews have gone on strike on almost 10 separate occasions so far this year.

The strike action centres on the refusal of the HSE to recognise the National Ambulance Service Representative Association (NASRA), a branch of the PNA, as the trade union of choice for more than 500 ambulance staff personnel.

A group of ambulance staff is to take to the streets of Cork this weekend to hand out leaflets and inform the public on the issue.

They will be outside Penneys on Patrick St from 1pm on Saturday.

It comes as ambulance staff are preparing to engage in one more 24 hour strike in the coming weeks before scheduling rolling 24 hour strikes.

The group will also protest outside the Dail in early July.

“Workers, not just ambulance staff but all workers, have the fundamental right to be represented by a union of their choice and we will fight to the hilt for this right,” said NASRA secretary Tony Gregg.

He added that if the dispute was not resolved by the time they are due back at Leinster House, ambulance staff would be protesting again.

David Walker, an advanced paramedic in Cork, has told The Echo that NASRA members are determined to push on with the action and gain acknowledgement from the HSE.

He added that morale in the ranks is at an all time low and that bullying from the HSE was rife.

The ambulance service will have contingency plans in place to deal with emergencies during any strike action.

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