3:30pm Saturday 1st June 2013
Ambulance workers are proposing to strike again in a dispute regarding patient safety.
Unite, the largest union in the country, said the continuing refusal of management at the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust to discuss patient safety – which led to the derecognition of the union – had left its members with no option but to take further industrial action.
Unite’s 500 members will stage a 12-hour stoppage from noon to midnight on June 7. This follows a one-day strike on April 2.
The union warned that if management still maintained their “intransigence to negotiations”, there would be another 24-hour stoppage on June 22, from midnight to midnight. Unite members are also operating an overtime ban.
The dispute centres on the trust’s plans to cut the budget by £46 million during the next five years, even though Unite said ambulance workloads were increasing month-by-month by as much as six per cent.
Unite regional officer, Terry Cunliffe, said: “The public needs to be made aware of the risks this plan presents.”
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