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Emergency Cover During NHS Dispute

Thursday, October 9, 2014

GMB Agrees Emergency Cover During Strike Action By Paramedics And Other Ambulance Staff In North West On Monday 13th Oct 2014

GMB has worked closely with NWAS management to ensure that a reasonable level of emergency cover is maintained during the 4 hour period of the strike action.

GMB has agreed with North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) that life-threatening and certain other categories of call (such as renal dialysis and Oncology patients) will be responded to by GMB ambulance crews during the forthcoming dispute in the NHS. 

In addition, GMB has agreed that the NWAS major and hazardous incident team will remain on duty in case a major incident occurs.

Strike action by GMB members within NWAS, will take place between 07.00 and 11.00 hrs on Monday 13th October 2014. Staff within the rest of the NHS will also be taking strike action over this four hour period.

The strike action on Monday will be followed by an overtime ban in the ambulance service from Tuesday 14th to Friday 17th inclusive, with other NHS employees working to their contracted hours during the same period.

GMB conducted an official ballot of 22,000 members in the NHS in England and Northern Ireland. There was overwhelming support for industrial action against the government and employers pay policies.

The pay offer is a 1% unconsolidated offer for 2014 for those who get it and a further 1% unconsolidated offer in 2015 for those who get it. 

Ray Carrick, GMB Regional Officer, said “GMB has worked closely with NWAS management to ensure that a reasonable level of emergency cover is maintained during the 4 hour period of the strike action.

The strike has arisen because of the Government’s overruling of the independent, NHS Pay Review Body’s (PRB) recommendation for a 1% consolidated pay rise across the board for all NHS staff.

The intervention by Government means that the 1% will only be available to approximately 40% of NHS employees and it will not be consolidated in to basic pay

Government intervention is in stark contrast to its view when the independent Pay Review Body for MP’s recommended that MP’s should receive a pay rise of 11%.”.  In that case the government said it could not interfere with the recommendation because it had come from an independent body. Our members are angry as there seems to be one rule for MP’s and a different rule for everyone else.”

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Contact:  Ray Carrick, GMB Regional Organiser   07974 01 8412   ray.carrick@gmb.org.uk or GMB press office 07974 251 823 or 07921 289880

 

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