Thousands of ambulance workers in England and Wales to vote on strike action over pay
Industrial action ballot dates have been announced for more than 15,000 ambulance workers across 11 trusts in England and Wales in disputes over pay.
Thousands more members across other NHS trusts will also be balloted, the GMB said.
Ambulance workers will start voting on October 24, with the result due at the end of November.
The union said any strike action could take place before Christmas.
The ballots follow consultative votes across all the trusts in which workers voted strongly in favour of moving to a formal strike ballot.
The GMB said its members are angry over the Government’s 4% pay award, which it said leaves them facing “another massive real-terms pay cut”.
National officer Rachel Harrison said: “Ambulance workers have just had enough.
“They’ve not been on strike in decades but they are at the end of what they can take.
“Pay has been systematically slashed for more than 10 years and we now face the worst cost-of-living crush in a generation.
“Meanwhile vacancies are at record highs and we have the worst A&E delays ever – and it’s not even the winter flu season yet.
“This is about more than pay and conditions. Cuts and shortages mean GMB members feel they are unable to deliver safe standards of patient care.
“Things can’t go on like this – something has to give.”
The ambulance trusts where GMB members will be balloted are:
- London Ambulance Service NHS Trust
- East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust
- East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust
- West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust
- North East Ambulance Service Trust
- Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
- North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust
- South Central Ambulance Service
- South East Coast Ambulance Service
- South West Ambulance Service
- Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust.
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