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Politicians Back GMB Red Cross Campaign

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

POLITICIANS BACK GMB’S CAMPAIGN TO SAVE NORTHERN IRELAND’S RED CROSS AMBULANCE SERVICE

We will continue to fight for our loyal, skilled and hard-working ambulance staff who are facing a very stressful and worrying time says GMB.

GMB, the union for ambulance workers, has secured political support in its bid to save the whole of Northern Ireland’s Red Cross ambulance service from closure.

Reps met a delegation from the DUP last night to discuss a plan of action to protect the service.

GMB looks forward to meeting Sinn Fein politicians in the coming days.

More than 40 ambulance support personnel are facing redundancy after the service, which provides non-emergency transfers across the country, is withdrawn.

A 30 day consultation on the job losses began on January 22 with the entire service set to end by April 30.

Red Cross has ignored repeated attempts by GMB to secure the future of the service and members’ jobs.

Andy McCann, GMB Branch Secretary, said:

“GMB welcomes the support of the DUP in our campaign to save the Red Cross ambulance service.

“We invite politicians of all persuasions to help us get this devastating decision reversed.

“GMB is incredibly disappointed that Red Cross has failed to respond to our attempts to work with them collectively over recent months and concern for the future employment of our members who have assisted in delivering such a high quality service in Northern Ireland.

“We will continue to fight for our loyal, skilled and hard-working ambulance staff who are facing a very stressful and worrying time.”

ENDS

Contact: GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk
 

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