Ambulance workers to hold 10 further strikes over the coming weeks

Ambulance workers will hold another series of walkouts in an escalation of the bitter dispute over pay and staffing, Unite has announced. The union said its

members across England, Wales and Northern Ireland will stage 10 further strikes over the coming weeks, warning that additional dates could be announced soon. Unite’s

ambulance workers are already set to walk out next Monday as the bitter row with the government remains deadlocked. Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: ‘Rather

than act to protect the NHS and negotiate an end to the dispute, the government has disgracefully chosen to demonise ambulance workers. ‘Ministers are deliberately

misleading the public about the life and limb cover and who is to blame for excessive deaths. ‘Our members faithfully provide life and limb cover on strike days and it’s

not the unions who are not providing minimum service levels. ‘It’s this government’s disastrous handling of the NHS that has brought it to breaking point, and as crisis

piles on crisis, the prime minister is seen to be washing his hands of the dispute. What a disgrace. What an abdication of leadership.’ The newly-announced strike

action will involve Unite’s members in the North West, North East, East Midlands, West Midlands, Wales and Northern Ireland. Unite said that as with previous strikes,

its representatives will be working at regional level to agree derogations to ensure that emergency life and limb cover will be in place during the action. Other

derogations will ensure that patients needing lifesaving treatment, such as renal care and cancer treatment, will be transported to their appointments, said the union.