SIPTU representatives met with HSE management this morning (Friday, 22nd July) to discuss a dispute concerning the conditions of employment of members in the National Ambulance Service (NAS) which has resulted in a vote to commence all out strike action on Wednesday, 10th August. SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said: “We had a robust and business like engagement with representatives of the management of the HSE and NAS. At the meeting the issues facing our members were discussed and union representatives presented management with the solutions to them. A management assurance that it intends to resolve these issues in a timely fashion was noted. “However, management must work hard to provide our members with the confidence that the outstanding issues will be resolved in a manner that is satisfactory for them and the public they serve.” Irish Ambulance Representative Council and SIPTU member, Hillary Collins said: “As a result of today’s meeting we expect a positive response to come from the HSE concerning the issues that resulted in our members voting to take all out strike action. We look forward to engaging further with management next week with a view to finally resolving all the outstanding matters. The issues in dispute include the compensation due to NAS workers under the public service agreement, the implementation of a fully developed Intermediate Care Service as recommended by the Labour Court and the application of an annualised hours system.