Ambulance workers announce 10 more days of strike

Ambulance workers announce 10 more days of strike

Unite has announced a series of new strikes by ambulance workers in an escalation of the bitter dispute over wages and staffing.

The union said its members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will stage 10 more strikes in the coming weeks, warning that additional dates could be announced soon.

Unite ambulance workers are now set to walk out next Monday as the bitter dispute with the government remains deadlocked.

Unite secretary general Sharon Graham said: “Rather than act to protect the NHS and negotiate an end to the dispute, the government has shamefully chosen to demonize ambulance workers.”

“Ministers are deliberately misleading the public about life and limb coverage and who is to blame for excess deaths.

“Our members faithfully provide life and limb coverage on strike days and it’s not unions that don’t provide minimum levels of service.

“It is this government’s disastrous handling of the NHS that has brought it to breaking point, and as a crisis builds up, the prime minister is seen to be washing his hands of the dispute. What a shame. What an abdication of leadership.”

When will the trusted ambulance workers go on strike?

  • Thursday 26 January in Northern Ireland – GMB workers
  • monday february 6 in the North West, North East, West Midlands, East Midlands and Wales: Unite and GMB ambulance workers and nurses
  • Thursday 16 February in Northern Ireland – GMB workers
  • friday february 17 in West Midlands, Northern Ireland.
  • monday february 20 in the East Midlands, North East and Wales – Unite and GMB workers
  • Wednesday 22 February in the northwest – GMB workers
  • Thursday 23 February in Northern Ireland – GMB workers
  • friday february 24 in Northern Ireland – GMB workers
  • monday march 6 in the North West, North East, West Midlands, East Midlands and Wales: Unite and GMB workers
  • monday march 20 in the North West, North East, West Midlands, East Midlands and Wales: Unite and GMB workers

The recently announced strike will involve Unite members in the North West, North East, East Midlands, West Midlands, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Unite said that, as with previous strikes, its representatives will work regionally to agree exceptions to ensure emergency protection for life and limb is in place during the action.

Other derogations will ensure that patients who need vital treatment, such as kidney care and cancer treatment, are transported to their appointments, the union said.

Unite official Onay Kasab said: “The resolution of this dispute is in the hands of the government.

“This dispute will only be resolved when he enters into proper negotiations on the current wage dispute.

“The government’s constant attempts to bust the can and its talk of one-time payments, or future slight wage increases, is simply not good enough to resolve this dispute.”

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