Ambulance Staff Consider Striking

Ambulance staff have said they will hold a strike ballot over pay and conditions if management do not agree to discuss concerns by next Wednesday. Staff have already held a test ballot which showed that only 3% of staff were opposed to possible industrial action.

Lily Kerr, director of negotiation with Unison, said that ambulance workers see strike action as a last resort. “We want to work in partnership, but the employer does not seem to want to do this,” she said. “I think it is disgraceful that our members actually have been pushed to the point where they are having to ballot to take strike action in order to be heard.”