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Ambulance workers walk out in Yorkshire

by Annette Mackin
Issue No. 2389

On the picket line in Barnsley

On the picket line in Barnsley (Pic: Barnsley CSC)

Ambulance workers in Yorkshire struck for four hours on Monday of this week over derecognition of their union, downgrading of jobs and attacks on conditions.

The action began at 3pm.

The 450 workers in the Yorkshire Ambulance Service struck first for 24 hours last Saturday. They are in the Unite union.

 Health bosses have upped attacks on workers by introducing 12-hour shifts and shorter breaks. 

They also started transferring staff to distant stations and axing subsistence allowances.

Unite regional officer Terry Cunliffe said the attack could  “mean them working more than ten hours on the trot before managers deign to give them a meal break”.

He added, “This could affect their ability to do their jobs—helping people in distress.”

Workers picketed in Leeds, Wakefield, Rotherham, Keighley, Barnsley, Doncaster and Bridlington.

In Barnsley there was a lively picket outside the Ambulance Station on Saturday morning. 

Unite members from other workplaces joined strikers along with members of Barnsley Trades Council.

Thanks to Dave Gibson

Day of action to save beds in Torrington

Health campaigners in Devon have called a day of action for Saturday of this week.

The Save Torrington’s Irreplaceable Torrington Cottage Hospital (Stitch) campaign has called the action.

It will begin at 11am. Stitch has also called a public meeting on Saturday 22 February at The Howe Hall at 11am.

The local health care trust wants to remove ten beds from the hospital.

It claims to be consulting over the plan. The campaign fears that the cuts are a “done deal” but is increasingly angry.

We are not going away!

Dave Clinch

Health workers ballot over pay

Maintenance workers at the Queen’s and King George Hospitals in Romford, London, are to vote over whether to strike against attacks on their pay.

The 70 workers, who are in the Unite union, face a £60 cut in their weekly pay. 

Sodexo is the contractor used by the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust to manage the facilities.

It is refusing to talk to the union.

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Tue 4 Feb 2014, 16:21 GMT
Issue No. 2389
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