Ambulance crews consider walkout

PUBLISHED: 20:00 14 January 2015




AMBULANCE service staff may stage a two-day walkout alongside an NHS workers' strike for 12 hours in protest against pay.

Staff at Weston General Hospital went on strike in October and November as part of an ongoing pay dispute, and now could be joined by their colleagues in the ambulance service.

The two-day stoppage by members of public sector union GMB in the ambulance service, should it go ahead, will commence at noon on January 29 and will continue until noon on January 31.

It is not clear how much this will impact on Weston, as individual workers are not legally required to say whether they are going to strike in advance.

GMB ambulance chair Steve Rice said: “I have worked for the ambulance service for almost four decades and in this time never have I experienced staff morale at such a breaking point.

“Escalation is always a last resort but in the absence of any real talks from Government or employers we have nowhere else to go.

“That is why the GMB is calling an urgent meeting to discuss the details of a potential two-day stoppage across the ambulance service.”

If there is still no resolution to the dispute, the strike will be followed by a further 24-hour stoppage on February 24.

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