On Thursday of last week, about 100 staff from West Midlands ambulance service attended a joint trade union meeting to discuss possible industrial action.
A ballot for action has started following the failure of management to implement the Agenda for Change pay and conditions deal, which introduces new pay bands.
The job matching process had put ambulance technicians on band five and paramedics on band six but the strategic health authority intervened to block this.
Union officials are recommending a yes vote in the strike ballot.
The result will be announced on 16 December. However, management has tabled a proposal to either immediately put technicians on band four and paramedics on band five, or to make an interim payment of £2,000 in December, on the condition that no action takes place before mid-January.
Union officials have recommended that members accept the money, allowing more time to negotiate.
Many members have commented that the £2,000 is part of what is owed to them in back pay for anti-social hours and overtime over the last 14 months. Some were keen to tell the chief executive where he could put it!
There is a general mood in favour of action if that’s what is necessary to get the correct pay bands implemented.