Thousands of ambulance workers across the country will go on strike in a dispute over pay next week after unions announced a strike with paramedics and 999 call handlers.
A strike by ambulance workers at the GMB Union was scheduled for December 28, but was delayed until January 11, when Unison union members also walked out.
They voted to strike instead of the government’s 4 percent payment amid runaway inflation, which currently stands at 11 percent.
The next strike date is set for January 23. More than 2,600 Unite members in the West Midlands, North West, North East, East Midlands and Wales will take part in the strike. The GMB union said its members in the West Midlands ambulance service will also go on strike.
On Friday, ambulance workers in the Unite union announced 10 more days of strike action for February and March.
When are the ambulance strike dates?
- Wednesday, January 23 (Unison and Unite)
- Thursday 24 January (GMB ambulance workers at the North West Ambulance Service will strike in their wage and staff dispute)
- GMB has announced four more national strike dates for February 6 and 20 and March 6 and 20. The date of February 6 will coincide with the strikes of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and it is the first time that both ambulance personnel and the RCN have acted. In the same day.
- Unite announced 10 additional strike dates at different ambulance trusts for January 16, February 6, 16, 17, 20, 26, 23, 24 and March 6 and 20.
What areas are affected by the strike?
More than 10,000 GMB union workers will withdraw from nine trusts in England and Wales:
- Southwest Ambulance Service
- Southeast Coast Ambulance Service
- North West Ambulance Service
- South Central Ambulance Service
- North East Ambulance Service
- East Midlands Ambulance Service
- West Midlands Ambulance Service
- Wales Ambulance Service
- Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Ambulance crews working for five services in England represented by Unison will also go on strike. These include:
- the northwest
- the northeast
- The southwest
What calls will the paramedics respond to?
Ambulance workers are expected to respond to the most life-threatening conditions classified as category 1, including heart attacks or sepsis.
Some ambulance trusts have also agreed exemptions with unions under category 2, which covers conditions such as suspected strokes. However, most conditions within categories 2 through 4 will not be covered.