GMB, the union for ambulance staff, has announced a fresh North West Ambulance Service paramedics strike as part of a long-running pay dispute.
Ambulance staff across the region, which covers Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester, will stage a 12 hour walk on Saturday, July 21, 2018.
This is the fourth walkout by NWAS paramedics in recent weeks after a ballot of members saw more than 84% of those who responded vote for strike action.
Paramedics working for North West Ambulance Service have waited patiently for the outcome of job re-evaluation going back more than 13 years.
GMB represent more than a quarter of NWAS paramedics.
Mike Buoey, GMB Organiser, said:
“Our members are desperate to get this situation resolved – they’ve been waiting a long time for their job to be re-evaluated for the years between 2005 to 2016.
“The last thing we want is ongoing industrial action, yet NWAS seem determined to let the situation continue.We’ve had just one meeting since the strikes started – most of the time we are forced to speak via email.We’ve asked a number of times to meet with the chair of the Trust, and we get ignored.This is not the way to solve a delicate dispute.After almost 13 years, our members are now saying enough is enough.”