Ambulance staff vote to strike over cuts row

STRIKE VOTE Yorkshire Ambulance Service paramedics and staff are due to take part in a one-day strike after their union was derecognised.

STRIKE VOTE Yorkshire Ambulance Service paramedics and staff are due to take part in a one-day strike after their union was derecognised.

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Ambulance workers across the Harrogate district are to stage a 24-hour strike in a long-running row over issues including cuts.

The union Unite said its 450 members in the Yorkshire service, including paramedics and other staff, will walk out on April 2 and ban overtime from March 26. The union warned that further strikes could be held.

Unite said the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust had derecognised the union after it raised concerns about patient safety over plans to make £46m of savings over the next five years.

Union members voted by 61per cent in favour of strikes and 83 per cent for other forms of industrial action.

Unite regional officer Terry Cunliffe called for talks to avert the action, adding: “This is a final window of opportunity for the trust to resolve this situation for the benefit of the Yorkshire public.

“The management has been trying to silence Unite after it raised legitimate concerns over patient safety that could flow from the shake-up of ambulance services in the next five years. Now our members have voted for strike action and for a continuous overtime ban. It shows the depth of concern.”