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Workers Set For Two More Strike Dates

Friday March 28 2014

Ambulance workers set to strike Ambulance workers set to strike

AMBULANCE workers have announced further strike dates in a long-running row over shifts and working hours.

Members of Unite, the country’s largest union, will strike on March 29 between 3-8pm, and on March 31 between 3-8am after a year-long dispute over changes to shift patterns. 

A spokesman for Yorkshire Ambulance Service said: "Once again this will take place without any concessions for the most seriously ill and injured patients and we remain concerned over this type of action.

"Throughout the periods of industrial action we will be taking steps to maintain operational cover to sustain effective and safe services for patients calling upon us for emergency medical assistance."

Do you back the strike action? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by dd on Friday March 28 2014 at 09:28
they need breaks. they work long shifts,if the ambulance service we're so concerned then they would have resolved the issue. stop trying to blame the ambulance staff who do such a wonderful job.

Reply Posted by Mick on Friday March 28 2014 at 09:33
I would welcome a proper explanation of what the issue is. I have read that new rotas mean staff 'might' have to work for 10 hours without a meal break, but why is it 'might' - when would they & when wouldn't they?

I remember a story a couple of years ago about someone dying while waiting for an ambulance because a nearby crew were on a meal-break and rules meant they could not be told to attend the emergency. Are the new rules to address this, i.e. controllers tell them if & when to take a break? If this is the case then i'd say it is OK as long as it is used sparingly, but if not getting a proper break is the norm then it isn't acceptable.

I'd welcome an explanation from someone who knows.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Friday March 28 2014 at 13:26
In a nutshell its not just about "meal" breaks but also about the changing of shift pattern which would mean paramedics "could" be working 12 hour shifts and could possibly not get a meal break for almost ten hours if the shift patterns are implemented.

The law says that everyone is entitled to a break but to wait ten hours for a break in not acceptable.

Some industries are exempt from the "regimented" meal breaks legislation but the Ambulance Service and Paramedics are exempt from said legislation.

Reply Posted by rainbow on Friday March 28 2014 at 10:27
Yes a poor man died in Wales waiting for an ambulance because he happened to have a heart attack during their lunch break.!!

Reply Posted by Rock and a hard place! on Friday March 28 2014 at 16:04
Many workers in the uk have to work 12 hour shifts, and many employees (illegally) don't get a lunch break. Many employees don't get their breaks at a set time. I sympathise with the ambulance crews, and appreciate that their job is not easy, but striking is so 80's. Putting lives at risk and stamping your feet is not a way forward. You guys ( and gals) chose the job, and you did so to help save people. Sadly your selfish morals are now putting them at risk. That said I hope this matter is resolved soon, with a satisfactory ending.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Friday March 28 2014 at 18:22
UNITE the Union which represents Paramedics have made every attempt to stave off this strike and "get round the table" the powers that be at the Ambulance service are being told by the Tories that there will be no negotiations so UNITE members have no option but to withdraw their labour in a series of strikes.

Striking is so 80's?

This is only the beginning as the coalition are hellbent on eroding every public service workers terms and conditions.

Reply Posted by True red on Friday March 28 2014 at 17:24
Fully support the strike this government is chipping away at OUR national health service bit by bit how long do you think it will be before this government starts to slag off these brave and dedicated workers

Reply Posted by guy fawkes on Friday March 28 2014 at 17:36
so 80 s my arse when your backs to the wall what do you have left .these people are the first to arrive at your situation i want to see someone trying to revive the wife or what ever fresh to the demands placed in front of them not someone to knackered to make those life saving decisions.in fact pay them more reduce there hours and set more people on .

Reply Posted by Hard as a rock on Friday March 28 2014 at 17:38
Rock@ selfish is that what you think these people are when they are treating car crash victims or risking there lives everyday of the week I would not have responded to your post but for the fact that many of the workers you are slagging off would not lower them selfs to reply to your idiotic post. They do not take strike action lightly and I also support there strike

Reply Posted by Red on Saturday March 29 2014 at 08:53
Striking is so 80's?! Got to go down as one of the worst ever comments on here. Wonder if that's a tory? Yeah everyone should take every bit of shit thrown at them and do nothing about it.

Reply Posted by blue sky on Saturday March 29 2014 at 16:44
So 80s? If that is the case why are teachets, solicitors, doctors, plus many more doing just that?

The real trouble is that people like rock above listen to the media crap about strikers being selfish plus there are too many folk with rubbish jobs and job/wage envy without working rights and pensions, who think we should all accept our legal rights being eroded. Just because many have underpaid zero hour contract jobs does not mean that the rest should.

There is a divide amongst rich and poor. Many professionals who the government are pushing into strike action, are the middle class both inwages and morals. Put them into poverty and who will benefit? The unemployed or low paid? No of course not. Only the supet rich will benefit. Support the middle classes as they pay the most taxes?

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