Ambulance service vote in favour of industrial action

SIPTU balloted members this morning, with 92% backing action

Ambulance service staff have voted to implement industrial action in a dispute related to their conditions of employment.

SIPTU conducted a ballot this morning and 92% of members in the National Ambulance Service (NAS) backed action.

A representative from SIPTU said organisers will now "consult with workplace representatives on what industrial action to implement with the aim of causing the least impact on the public".

Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell added: "the Minister for Health and the HSE are now on notice that we cannot guarantee that certain ambulance services will not be disrupted or suspended during the period of industrial action.

"They are calling on the Minister to instruct the HSE to engage in meaningful negotiations to protect and develop a key public health service on which our communities rely for 365 days a year.”

Speaking about the ballot result, the Chairman of the Irish Ambulance Representative Council said: "In recent years, our members changed work practices and achieved significant cost savings so that the NAS could develop within the financial constraints placed upon them by the wider economic recession.

“Our members have not received any recognition for the sacrifices they have made, and it is now time for senior management at the HSE to deliver improved terms and conditions as well as a fully resourced service that is of a standard that the public deserves.”