Thousands of ambulance workers across the country are expected to quit in January in a pay dispute after unions announced a strike involving paramedics and 999 callers.
A strike by ambulance workers from the GMB union planned for December 28 has been postponed to January 11, when members of the Unison union will also go on strike.
They voted to strike against the government’s 4 percent pay bonus in the face of rising inflation, which currently stands at 11 percent.
Unison said his action – which will involve five NHS ambulance trusts – will involve all ambulance workers, including call handlers, not just the 999 response teams as was the case on Wednesday. The union also plans a strike action on January 23.
NHS sources warned that elderly patients who fall at home will be left without an ambulance as they are unlikely to be included in the life and limb cover provided during the campaign.
Meanwhile, the president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine warned that the strikes will result in critically ill patients having to take themselves to the emergency room.
The country is preparing for a month-long strike. On December 20, up to 100,000 nurses walked off work for the second time after a first day of strikes on December 15.
When are the ambulance strike dates?
- Wednesday 11 January (GMB and Unison)
- Wednesday 23 January (unison)
Unison said his action – which will involve five NHS ambulance trusts – will involve all ambulance workers, including call handlers, not just the 999 response teams, as was the case with the first ambulance strikes in December.
The union voted to strike against the government’s 4% pay bonus in the face of rising inflation, which currently stands at 11%.
Welsh Ambulance workers in Unite will also go on two strikes on January 19th and 23rd.
Welsh Ambulance Service union members will be opting out but will continue to provide coverage for life-threatening incidents.
Unite, which represents more than 1,000 members in service, said 88 per cent voted to scrap a sub-inflation wage offer from the Welsh Government.