Socialist Worker

Call for Ambulance strikes in Scotland

by Tomáš Tengely-Evans
Issue No. 2475

Ambulance workers in Scotland have voted overwhelmingly for an official strike ballot. 

The GMB union members want the Scottish National Party government and bosses to deal with the mounting pressure on the service.

Lack of funding and increasing pressure are putting strain on staff and patients’ services. 

Their demands include properly enforcing the 30 minute checks for “cold” ambulances and 15 minutes for “hot” ones. 

Workers are also angry about the lack of adequate time for meal breaks and shifts overrunning among other issues. 

These issues are also being felt sharply elsewhere, such as in the failing London Ambulance Service.

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