AMBULANCE workers on Merseyside may strike against pay inequalities under Agenda for Change—New Labour’s sweeping transformation of NHS pay and conditions.
The ASU breakaway ambulance workers’ union, representing 160 paramedics, is set to ballot its members for action up to and including strikes unless management offer to equalise pay for all of the workers.
At present staff doing identical jobs earn different amounts depending on whether they have an old national NHS contract, or a new local contract brought in around 1993 when the service became a self governing trust.
Talks between the union and management were continuing as Socialist Worker went to press. The workers were set to meet on Wednesday of this week to consider their next move.