Rescue workers announce 10 more strike days

Rescue workers announce 10 more strike days

A series of new strikes by ambulance workers have been announced by Unite in an escalation of the bitter dispute over pay and staff.

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

Unite ambulance workers are set to go as soon as next Monday as the bitter dispute with the government remains deadlocked.

Unite general secretary 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 responsible for excess deaths.

“Our members provide reliable protection for life and limb on strike days, and it is not the unions that are not providing minimum services.

“It is this Government’s disastrous handling of the NHS that has brought it to the brink of resilience and as crisis piles on crisis the Prime Minister is seen washing his hands of the dispute. What a shame. What an abdication of leadership.”

When will ambulance trust employees go on strike?

  • Thursday, January 26th in Northern Ireland – GMB workers
  • Monday February 6th in North West, North East, West Midlands, East Midlands and Wales – Nurses and Nurses from Unite and GMB
  • Thursday February 16th in Northern Ireland – GMB workers
  • Friday February 17th in West Midlands, Northern Ireland.
  • Monday February 20th in East Midlands, North East and Wales – Unite and GMB workers
  • Wednesday February 22nd in the Northwest – GMB workers
  • Thursday 23 February in Northern Ireland – GMB workers
  • Friday February 24th in Northern Ireland – GMB workers
  • Monday, March 6th in North West, North East, West Midlands, East Midlands and Wales – Unite and GMB workers
  • Monday, March 20th in North West, North East, West Midlands, East Midlands and Wales – Unite and GMB workers

The newly announced strike action 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 at the regional level, its representatives will work to agree waivers to ensure emergency life and limb insurance is in place during the action.

Other exemptions will ensure patients who need life-saving treatments 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 settled when there are proper negotiations on the current collective bargaining dispute.

“The government’s constant attempts to kick the can on the street and their talk of one-time payments or slightly increased salary bonuses in the future are simply not enough to resolve this dispute.”

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