Posted: Tue 6th Dec 2022

Ambulance staff in Wales to stage two days of industrial action this month in pay row

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This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Dec 6th, 2022

Ambulance workers across Wales will stage industrial action later this month amid calls for a fair pay rise. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Almost 1,500 paramedics, emergency care assistants, call handlers and other staff will strike on 21 and 28 December, from 12.01am until 11.59pm each day. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Last week, it was announced that workers from the Welsh Ambulance Service had voted to strike over the Welsh Government’s imposed four per cent pay award – which unions say is “another massive pay cut” in real terms. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

GMB union representatives will now meet with the service to discuss requirements for “life and limb” cover for the highest category calls on the chosen strike days. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Rachel Harrison, GMB National Secretary, said: “Ambulance workers – like other NHS workers – are on their knees. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“No one in the NHS takes strike action lightly – today shows just how desperate they are. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“This is as much about unsafe staffing levels and patient safety as it is about pay. A third of GMB ambulance workers think delays they’ve been involved with have led to the death of a patient. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“Something has to change or the service as we know it will collapse. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“GMB calls on the government to avoid a winter of NHS strikes by negotiating a pay award that these workers deserve.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

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