Posted: Mon 24th Oct 2022

Over 15,000 ambulance workers in Wales and England to begin voting on ‘biggest strike for 30 years’

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Oct 24th, 2022

More than 15,000 ambulance workers in Wales and England will begin voting on strike action today, Monday 24 October.

Thousands more NHS workers will also be balloted across other NHS trusts, with more votes set to follow.

Ambulance workers from 11 trusts including Wales and the North West will take part in the vote, which closes on 29 November.

Workers are angry over the Government’s imposed 4 per cent pay award – a real terms pay cut – as well as unsafe staffing levels across the ambulance service.

Rachel Harrison, GMB Acting National Secretary, said:

“Ambulance workers don’t do this lightly – and this would be the biggest ambulance strike for 30 years.

“But more than ten years of pay cuts, plus the cost-of-living crisis, means workers can’t make ends meet. They are desperate.

“But this is much more about patient safety at least as much about pay. Delays up to 26 hours and 135,000 vacancies across the NHS mean a third of GMB ambulance workers think a delay they’ve been involved with has led to a death.

“Ambulance workers have been telling the Government for years things are unsafe. No one is listening. What else can they do?”

The Welsh Government has said that without any additional funding from the UK government there are limits to how much pay can increase in Wales.

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