Ambulance staff set for second strike

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Ambulance workers in South Yorkshire are staging a walkout next month in a row over staffing changes.

Members of the Unite trade union at Yorkshire Ambulance Service are set to strike for 12 hours from noon to midnight on Friday, June 7.

The union says there will then be a 24-hour walkout on Saturday, June 22, if an agreement cannot be reached with management.

But a spokeswoman for the ambulance service said it had received ‘no formal notification’ of the strike.

Members of the trade union are still observing a continuous work-to-rule following the first walkout, on Tuesday, April 2.

The dispute centres around plans to introduce emergency care assistants to work alongside more highly-trained paramedics. Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust needs to find savings of £46 million.

Terry Cunliffe, Unite regional officer, said he wanted ambulance bosses to ‘get around the table and negotiate in a positive fashion.’

Unite represents about 10 per cent of the ambulance service’s workforce, or about 450 members of staff, and has been derecognised as a union by management.