Paramedics set to strike

NWAS paramedics who are members of the GMB union will strike
NWAS paramedics who are members of the GMB union will strike
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Paramedics in Lancashire will stage a second walk-out tomorrow in a row over pay.

The long-running dispute between unions and North West Ambulance Service ended in two two-hour walk-outs last Monday.

The dispute has now escaled and members of the GMB union will stage a six-hour strike on Friday, June 29..

The walk-out will only affect GMB members on the morning shift.

The dispute dates back to when the regional ambulances services merged to form NWAS.

Paul Turner, GMB Organiser, said: “GMB’s hard-working North West paramedics have simply had enough.

“We submitted a freedom of information request to NWAS, which made it clear the Trust that had sought advice from senior figures within NHS employers - a clear breach of national job evaluation guidelines (JEG).

“Our members now have no confidence in the JEG to enable a a fair and transparent evaluation.

“GMB is asking for an independent investigation to be undertaken into what has gone on during the past 13 years and the reason we are in this situation.

“Our members have been astoundingly patient in waiting for their job to be re-evaluated for the years 2005 to 2016. We are not taking this action lightly and would have expected the employer to take it more seriously.”

Michael Forrest, Deputy Chief Executive for North West Ambulance Service, said: “The trust is extremely disappointed with the actions proposed by GMB and believes it has worked closely with them to try and work through the issues which formed the basis of the ballot. Talks are ongoing and we will be doing all we can to minimise any impact.”