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Yorkshire's Ambulance Workers to Strike


3:41pm 18th March 2013

Ambulance workers in Yorkshire will be going on strike on 2nd April.

450 paramedics and other ambulance staff will also continue with an overtime ban from 26th March.

The overtime ban will take place from 6.00am on 26th March until further notice and the 24 hour strike will take place on 2nd April, more could follow.

Unite regional officer Terry Cunliffe said: “Unite calls for the management to open constructive negotiations in the run-up to 2 April. This is a final window of opportunity for the trust to resolve this situation for the benefit of the Yorkshire public.

“The management has been trying to silence Unite after it raised legitimate concerns over patient safety that could flow from the shake-up of ambulance services in the next five years.

“Now our members have voted for strike action on 2 April and for a continuous overtime ban from 26 March.

“It shows the depth of concern that our members feel about patient safety because of the £46 million of savings that managers want to implement.

“The hardline management has responded by derecognising Unite and twice rejecting our attempts to take this dispute to Acas and to discuss the implications of industrial action.”

We're waiting to hear from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

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