GMB paramedics in the North West to strike every week

By agency reporter
July 27, 2018

North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) paramedics who are members of the GMB union will strike every single week until GMB are assured that NWAS has a genuine commitment to find a resolution to a long-running pay dispute, the union announced on 26 July 2018.

Ambulance staff across the region – which covers Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester – will walk out for 26 hours from 6am on Saturday to 8am on Sunday until at least October.

NWAS paramedics have already staged four strikes in recent weeks after a ballot of members saw more than 84 per cent of those who responded vote for strike action.

Paramedics working for North West Ambulance Service have waited patiently for the outcome of job re-evaluation going back more than 13 years. The GMB represents more than a quarter of NWAS paramedics.

Mike Buoey, GMB Organiser, said: “This is the last situation our paramedics wanted to find themselves in, but they are desperate for management to listen to their side of the story.

“They’ve been waiting a long time for their job to be re-evaluated for the years between 2005 to 2016. NWAS currently has an acting CEO and GMB believes he is ignoring this issue in the hope it will go away.

“We need to speak to someone with authority who shares our interest in resolving this matter.

“After more than 13 years, our members are now saying enough is enough.”

* GMB union https://www.gmb.org.uk/

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