More than 10,000 GMB ambulance workers will walk out this month
GMB Union has announced strike dates for more than 10,000 ambulance workers across nine trusts in England and Wales.
Paramedics, Emergency Care Assistants, call handlers and other staff will walk out on December 21 and 28 in the following trusts: [See notes to editors for exact times for each ambulance trust]
South West Ambulance Service
South East Coast Ambulance Service
North West Ambulance Service
South Central Ambulance Service
North East Ambulance Service
East Midlands Ambulance Service
West Midlands Ambulance Service
Welsh Ambulance Service
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Workers across the ambulance services and some NHS Trusts have voted to strike over the Government’s imposed 4 per cent pay award - another massive real terms pay cut.
GMB representatives will now meet with individual trusts to discuss requirements for life and limb cover.
Rachel Harrison, GMB National Secretary, said:
“After twelve years of Conservative cuts to the service and their pay packets, NHS staff have had enough.
“The last thing they want to do is take strike action, but the government has left them with no choice.
“Steve Barclay needs to listen and engage with us about pay. If he can’t talk to us about this most basic workforce issue, what on earth is he Health Secretary for?
“The Government could stop this strike in a heartbeat – but they need to wake up and start negotiating on pay.”