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Red Cross Ambulance Service To Close

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Loyal, skilled and hard-working ambulance staff are now facing a very unhappy New Year says GMB.

GMB, the union for ambulance workers, has reacted with anger to news the entire Red Cross ambulance service across Northern Ireland is set to close.

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personnel are now facing redundancy after the service, which provides non-emergency transfers across the country, is withdrawn.

A 30 day consultation on the job losses will begin 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.

Micheal Mulholland, GMB Organiser, said:

“Our members in the Red Cross ambulance service are angry and upset at this devastating decision.

“These are loyal, skilled and hard-working ambulance staff who are now facing a very unhappy New Year.

“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 are further concerned about the process of consultation and would ask for clarity to enable us to offer our members the support required. “

ENDS

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

 

Loyal, skilled and hard-working ambulance staff are now facing a very unhappy New Year says GMB.

GMB, the union for ambulance workers, has reacted with anger to news the entire Red Cross ambulance service across Northern Ireland is set to close.

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personnel are now facing redundancy after the service, which provides non-emergency transfers across the country, is withdrawn.

A 30 day consultation on the job losses will begin 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.

Micheal Mulholland, GMB Organiser, said:

“Our members in the Red Cross ambulance service are angry and upset at this devastating decision.

“These are loyal, skilled and hard-working ambulance staff who are now facing a very unhappy New Year.

“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 are further concerned about the process of consultation and would ask for clarity to enable us to offer our members the support required. “

ENDS

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

 
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