Ambulance staff cannot be expected to keep picking up the slack for government incompetence on promises to invest that they have failed to deliver says GMB.
GMB, the union for ambulance staff, are undertaking a consultative ballot of members working in the ambulance service between Friday 29th April and Wednesday 25th May, 2016.
The consultative ballot will ask GMB members in the ambulance service what action they are willing to take against unfulfilled promises from Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt to improve pay and conditions for ambulance workers.
GMB is asking for fair pay, a safe and sensible retirement age, proper training and improved development and career progression for ambulance drivers.
Rehana Azam, GMB national officer for the NHS, said “An overworked, underpaid and overstretched ambulance workforce cannot be expected to keep responding to 999 emergency calls, whilst their government sits back and does nothing. The government promised to recognise the valuable skill set of ambulance staff. They promised to invest in the ambulance staff and service. The government has failed to live up to their promises.
GMB and other unions have been left with no alternative but to announce a consultative ballot of ambulance staff in England with the potential for an industrial action ballot in the near future. Professional ambulance staff cannot be expected to keep picking up the slack for government incompetence on promises to invest that they have failed to deliver.
Back in 2015, in a desperate effort to conclude the pay dispute of 2014/15, the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, agreed to a review of the banding system in place to recognise the skill set of ambulance staff. The government