South Yorkshire ambulance workers set for more strikes

Ambulances workers are taking action
Ambulances workers are taking action
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Ambulance workers in South Yorkshire are walking out on two six-hour strikes as a row over conditions for paramedics continues.

Members of the Unite union at Yorkshire Ambulance Service are taking action from 3pm to 9pm on Friday, followed by another walkout at the same time next Tuesday.

Leaders at Unite say the ambulance trust has ‘repeatedly snubbed’ its attempts to hold talks alongside ACAS over the summer.

But Ian Brandwood, the trust’s executive director of HR, said the strikes would take place ‘without any concessions for the most seriously ill and injured patients’.

Unite is unhappy about the introduction of longer shift patterns for paramedics, as well as emergency care assistants, who are given six weeks’ training, being given more responsibilities.

Mr Brandwood said: “We remain disappointed that Unite has decided to continue with yet more strike action.

“We would like to reassure members of the public that we have robust contingency plans in place.”

Members of Unite at the ambulance service have held a series of strikes since April last year, most recently over the Tour de France weekend on July 5 and 6.