UPDATED: Ambulance staff could strike during Grand Depart

York Press: Ambulance staff could strike during Grand Depart Ambulance staff could strike during Grand Depart

AMBULANCE staff have voted to strike on the weekend of the Tour de France, as part of a continuing dispute over training and staffing.

In a vote yesterday, members of Unite, the country's largest union, voted for strike action on July 5 and 6, when about two million people are due to visit North Yorkshire to see the Grand Depart.

The vote came down in favour of Yorkshire Ambulance Service members striking over extended shift patterns, an issue which was first raised about 18 months ago, but health bosses said the timing of the strike showed a "disregard" for patient welfare.

Unite members working at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust voted by 84 per cent to strike between 6am and 11.59pm on Saturday and between 6pm and 10pm on Sunday.

Terry Cunliffe, from Unite, condemned "draconian conditions" introduced in the last 18 months by YAS, which he claimed meant emergency care assistants (ECAs), with only six weeks training would take on more responsibilities, and staff could be refused 45-minute meal breaks during busy times.

He said: "Once again, our members have spoken with a clear voice that concern for patient and staff safety remains absolutely paramount.

"This is a very strong mandate and we urge the trust’s chief executive David Whiting, who recently imposed new draconian conditions without any agreement with the unions, to sit down for urgent and constructive talks. Unite’s door is open for talks under the auspices of the conciliation service, Acas at any time."

David Whiting, chief executive at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said: "We are disappointed with the Unite the Union ballot result and the continued threat of industrial action.

"Strike action is certainly not in the best interests of our patients and we are disappointed that Unite continues to put patients at risk. By choosing to take industrial action over the weekend of the Tour de France when Yorkshire will be proud to be showcasing its people, places and warm welcome to a world-wide audience, it reflects the total disregard Unite has for the welfare of patients. Their actions are clearly designed to try and disrupt vital services for local residents, visitors and vulnerable patients who find themselves in an emergency situation."

Mr Whiting said the ambulance service had "robust contingency plans" in place to ensure ambulances are still able to operate throughout the region.

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4:53pm Fri 27 Jun 14

dannyemmess says...

He said: "Once again, our members have spoken with a clear voice that concern for patient and staff safety remains absolutely paramount.

If this were the case, there wouldn't be a strike.
He said: "Once again, our members have spoken with a clear voice that concern for patient and staff safety remains absolutely paramount. If this were the case, there wouldn't be a strike. dannyemmess
  • Score: 2

5:10pm Fri 27 Jun 14

spottycow says...

Managers are to blame for this strike action its about time some off these donkeys ARE PUT OUT TO GRASS we the public have nothing but PRAISE for AMBULANCE STAFF its always them who get the ROUGH end of the stick when dealing with IDIOTS on a weekend .And im against strike action but not this time
Managers are to blame for this strike action its about time some off these donkeys ARE PUT OUT TO GRASS we the public have nothing but PRAISE for AMBULANCE STAFF its always them who get the ROUGH end of the stick when dealing with IDIOTS on a weekend .And im against strike action but not this time spottycow
  • Score: 15

5:40pm Fri 27 Jun 14

againstthecuts says...

How come only unite are striking? Where are unison
How come only unite are striking? Where are unison againstthecuts
  • Score: 3

6:07pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Yeah! Go for it Unite! Hold everyone to ransom!

French railways and air traffic controllers always go on strike when I go to France, so why shouldn't our ambulance staff go on strike when the Tour de France comes here? Give 'em a taste of their own medicine!
Yeah! Go for it Unite! Hold everyone to ransom! French railways and air traffic controllers always go on strike when I go to France, so why shouldn't our ambulance staff go on strike when the Tour de France comes here? Give 'em a taste of their own medicine! Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 5

6:41pm Fri 27 Jun 14

nearlyman says...

Typical selfishness of the union barons.........try and ruin an event for everyone to gain their unreasonable demands.............
.looking forward to hearing city of york councils condemnation of them................
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Typical selfishness of the union barons.........try and ruin an event for everyone to gain their unreasonable demands............. .looking forward to hearing city of york councils condemnation of them................ ..................- nearlyman
  • Score: 0

7:46pm Fri 27 Jun 14

sniper 9964 says...

One less tax to be paid for this toad da frog. Massive tax bill.
just for a load of drug taking cyclists.
Oh no wait York is normally full of smack heads on bikes
One less tax to be paid for this toad da frog. Massive tax bill. just for a load of drug taking cyclists. Oh no wait York is normally full of smack heads on bikes sniper 9964
  • Score: 0

7:51pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

"union barons"

Rolls eyes
"union barons" Rolls eyes Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 1

5:32pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Andy1675 says...

Mr Whiting said the ambulance service had "robust contingency plans". Sorry Chimp, no such thing anymore in this country, due to lack of resources. Senior Management need to take their heads out of their backsides and end the power trips. They are sadly lacking leadership skills fit for an organisation that serves the public.
Mr Whiting said the ambulance service had "robust contingency plans". Sorry Chimp, no such thing anymore in this country, due to lack of resources. Senior Management need to take their heads out of their backsides and end the power trips. They are sadly lacking leadership skills fit for an organisation that serves the public. Andy1675
  • Score: 3

10:19am Sun 29 Jun 14

CommonSense!! says...

Unions are an outdated concept which belong in the distant past of victorian work houses.

This irresponsible strike action may cost lives and those planning it should be ashamed.
Unions are an outdated concept which belong in the distant past of victorian work houses. This irresponsible strike action may cost lives and those planning it should be ashamed. CommonSense!!
  • Score: 2

10:54am Sun 29 Jun 14

Jonlogical says...

Lets hope nobody falls of their bikes.
Lets hope nobody falls of their bikes. Jonlogical
  • Score: 0

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