UPDATED 2.30pm: Ambulance staff to strike and others threaten to

York Press: Ambulance staff to strike twice Ambulance staff to strike twice

AMBULANCE staff from one union are due to strike and another is threatening strike action as a dispute over working terms and patient safety comes to a head.

The Unite union has decided to take more industrial action after accusing Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) management of refusing to take part in further negotiations on patient and staff safety.

The union’s 375 members will hold two five-hour strikes from 3pm on Friday and Monday over the introduction of longer shift patterns that they say could mean staff working ten hours without a meal break.

Meanwhile Unison, which represents three quarters of Yorkshire Ambulance Service’s 4,000 ambulance workers, said “negotiations had been exhausted”. Following a heated meeting in York last week, the union said it will ballot for industrial action unless its list of demands is met.

A North Yorkshire paramedic, who asked not to be named, said: “Nobody wants to strike or take action because it does mean people will suffer.

“Patients are getting reduced ambulance cover. If you have a heart attack or trauma you need hospital - a car, which they are using to meet targets, does not get you there - an ambulance does.
“They are going to end up with burnt out paramedics.”

A Unison statement said members had “no confidence” in YAS chief executive David Whiting and his team.

It is demanding changes to meal breaks, including the option to have two breaks on a 12 hour shift, the end of obligatory overtime, a full review of the lower skilled Emergency Care Assistant role, introduced by YAS last year, and a promise that two ECAs do not work together.

Unite regional officer Terry Cunliffe said: “It is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed as a result of staff exhaustion.”

Unite’s Yorkshire ambulance members have taken strike action six times over the last year over patient safety concerns.

YAS said it would continue to work with Unison for a “positive outcome” but said Unite was striking without concession “for the most seriously ill and injured patients”. It said it continues to seek on-going dialogue with Unite the Union through Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service).

A YAS spokeswoman said: “We remain focused on providing safe, responsive and high-quality services to patients and looking after the welfare of our staff.”

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4:13pm Tue 4 Mar 14

againstthecuts says...

Unison have done absolutely nothing about this disgruntled unison members have had enough what are there paying their subs for?. It seems there is only unite the union that are willing to stick their neck out.
Unison have done absolutely nothing about this disgruntled unison members have had enough what are there paying their subs for?. It seems there is only unite the union that are willing to stick their neck out. againstthecuts
  • Score: 21

5:02pm Tue 4 Mar 14

HoofHearteds says...

againstthecuts wrote:
Unison have done absolutely nothing about this disgruntled unison members have had enough what are there paying their subs for?. It seems there is only unite the union that are willing to stick their neck out.
Aren't the YAS management the ones provoking this rather than Unison? Refocus and look at why this is occurring rather than attacking the unions.

NHS cuts will come fast and furious if the Jimmy Saville Knighthood party get back in.
[quote][p][bold]againstthecuts[/bold] wrote: Unison have done absolutely nothing about this disgruntled unison members have had enough what are there paying their subs for?. It seems there is only unite the union that are willing to stick their neck out.[/p][/quote]Aren't the YAS management the ones provoking this rather than Unison? Refocus and look at why this is occurring rather than attacking the unions. NHS cuts will come fast and furious if the Jimmy Saville Knighthood party get back in. HoofHearteds
  • Score: 29

5:59pm Tue 4 Mar 14

againstthecuts says...

HoofHearteds wrote:
againstthecuts wrote:
Unison have done absolutely nothing about this disgruntled unison members have had enough what are there paying their subs for?. It seems there is only unite the union that are willing to stick their neck out.
Aren't the YAS management the ones provoking this rather than Unison? Refocus and look at why this is occurring rather than attacking the unions.

NHS cuts will come fast and furious if the Jimmy Saville Knighthood party get back in.
Well why aren't unison protecting their members rights? Why be in a union when they haven't got any backbone?
[quote][p][bold]HoofHearteds[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]againstthecuts[/bold] wrote: Unison have done absolutely nothing about this disgruntled unison members have had enough what are there paying their subs for?. It seems there is only unite the union that are willing to stick their neck out.[/p][/quote]Aren't the YAS management the ones provoking this rather than Unison? Refocus and look at why this is occurring rather than attacking the unions. NHS cuts will come fast and furious if the Jimmy Saville Knighthood party get back in.[/p][/quote]Well why aren't unison protecting their members rights? Why be in a union when they haven't got any backbone? againstthecuts
  • Score: 21

7:23pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Daisy75 says...

Who'd have thought that whole scale downgrading of everyone's jobs and hence pay would p*** people off? Not to mention downgrading people's pension whilst taking higher contributions. Then asking those same people to work longer shifts.
Who'd have thought that whole scale downgrading of everyone's jobs and hence pay would p*** people off? Not to mention downgrading people's pension whilst taking higher contributions. Then asking those same people to work longer shifts. Daisy75
  • Score: 6

10:29pm Tue 4 Mar 14

dementia says...

Change is needed in the NHS and unfortunately always is resisted. Trust the management
Change is needed in the NHS and unfortunately always is resisted. Trust the management dementia
  • Score: -5

6:31pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Oncebitten says...

againstthecuts wrote:
HoofHearteds wrote:
againstthecuts wrote:
Unison have done absolutely nothing about this disgruntled unison members have had enough what are there paying their subs for?. It seems there is only unite the union that are willing to stick their neck out.
Aren't the YAS management the ones provoking this rather than Unison? Refocus and look at why this is occurring rather than attacking the unions.

NHS cuts will come fast and furious if the Jimmy Saville Knighthood party get back in.
Well why aren't unison protecting their members rights? Why be in a union when they haven't got any backbone?
To be fair to the unions a lot of their powers were taken way back when in the good old days of our Maggie !! (please understand the cynical attitude)!
The loss of backbone is in everyday people who no longer give a damm and are no longer prepared to put their head above the paripit....soon we will have nothing left to fight for, so fight hard and long!
[quote][p][bold]againstthecuts[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HoofHearteds[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]againstthecuts[/bold] wrote: Unison have done absolutely nothing about this disgruntled unison members have had enough what are there paying their subs for?. It seems there is only unite the union that are willing to stick their neck out.[/p][/quote]Aren't the YAS management the ones provoking this rather than Unison? Refocus and look at why this is occurring rather than attacking the unions. NHS cuts will come fast and furious if the Jimmy Saville Knighthood party get back in.[/p][/quote]Well why aren't unison protecting their members rights? Why be in a union when they haven't got any backbone?[/p][/quote]To be fair to the unions a lot of their powers were taken way back when in the good old days of our Maggie !! (please understand the cynical attitude)! The loss of backbone is in everyday people who no longer give a damm and are no longer prepared to put their head above the paripit....soon we will have nothing left to fight for, so fight hard and long! Oncebitten
  • Score: 1

6:33pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Oncebitten says...

dementia wrote:
Change is needed in the NHS and unfortunately always is resisted. Trust the management
I can only assume that your "dementia" has got the better of you......however " trust the management" has made me laugh....and laugh....and laugh ...thanks!!!
[quote][p][bold]dementia[/bold] wrote: Change is needed in the NHS and unfortunately always is resisted. Trust the management[/p][/quote]I can only assume that your "dementia" has got the better of you......however " trust the management" has made me laugh....and laugh....and laugh ...thanks!!! Oncebitten
  • Score: 2

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