Ambulance staff could go on strike

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AMBULANCE workers in England’s largest county could strike over the decision by their bosses to no longer recognise their union.

Unite claims that managers at the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust are trying to silence them from raising patient safety concerns by derecognising the union.

And now it is beginning the legal process to ballot its 450 paramedics and other members at the trust for strike action or industrial action short of a strike.

The ballot result could be known by the end of the month – and the union insists that whatever action is taken they will be putting the safety of patients first.

Unite regional officer Terry Cunliffe said: “The management is trying to silence Unite after it raised legitimate concerns over patient safety that could flow from the shake-up of ambulance services in the next five years.”

He added: “The trust’s behaviour is mind-boggling given last week’s Francis report which placed great emphasis on whistleblowing and ‘a duty of candour’.”

Mr Cunliffe insisted that any industrial action would be a “last resort” and hopefully would be avoided by persuading bosses to think again about derecognition.

“We haven’t decided what the content of action would be but if it went ahead it would be bound to affect some services to the public,” he said.

The YAS employs more than 4,300 people and chief executive David Whiting said: “We carefully reflected upon this difficult matter before advising Unite the Union of our decision to derecognise them.

“Unfortunately the working relationship with Unite remains disappointing and we have not received a constructive contribution to the difficult decisions that the Trust has been required to make for the future.”

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10:00pm Mon 11 Feb 13

spragger says...

The unions have been a disaster in the public sector and are behind the MidStaffs tragedy
Well done trust
The unions have been a disaster in the public sector and are behind the MidStaffs tragedy Well done trust spragger
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10:14am Tue 12 Feb 13

st-george1 says...

Failing Ambulance services … where compassion is a dirty word it seems and the unions squealing that management is trying to ignore and silence them …
Here we go again, the union lefties as ever running UP the down escalator declaring war on the NHS and this and this Government … win, lose or draw life’s short straw, or even stub their toe, they’re like a nation of cry babies !
The Marxist Unite union millionaires, warning that NHS plans to SHAKE-UP the Ambulance services will jeopardise patient care … I THNK NOT … we’ve heard of too many instances when uncaring Ambulance service employees have proven its they who jeopardise patient health and safety, believing they have every right to be disruptive, disobedient and disrespectful of those who employed them …well done management !
Failing Ambulance services … where compassion is a dirty word it seems and the unions squealing that management is trying to ignore and silence them … Here we go again, the union lefties as ever running UP the down escalator declaring war on the NHS and this and this Government … win, lose or draw life’s short straw, or even stub their toe, they’re like a nation of cry babies ! The Marxist Unite union millionaires, warning that NHS plans to SHAKE-UP the Ambulance services will jeopardise patient care … I THNK NOT … we’ve heard of too many instances when uncaring Ambulance service employees have proven its they who jeopardise patient health and safety, believing they have every right to be disruptive, disobedient and disrespectful of those who employed them …well done management ! st-george1
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3:08pm Tue 12 Feb 13

hullgodfreyshire says...

just another excuse to get rid of the unions, this is the thin edge of the wedge, played out by a tory directive attempt to kill the NHS. the next move will be to privatise the ambulance service in the north east, they ate already trying it on in the north west area by giving the contract to a bus company.
just another excuse to get rid of the unions, this is the thin edge of the wedge, played out by a tory directive attempt to kill the NHS. the next move will be to privatise the ambulance service in the north east, they ate already trying it on in the north west area by giving the contract to a bus company. hullgodfreyshire
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