More than 1,500 north west ambulance workers strike over pay for second time

The union, GMB, has said that members need a concrete offer to help resolve the NHS’s crushing recruitment and retention.

More than 1,500 GMB Union ambulance workers across the North West will strike tomorrow, Wednesday 11 January 2023.

Paramedics, Emergency Care Assistants, call handlers and other staff will stage major pickets across the region.

Workers across the ambulance services and some NHS Trusts have voted to strike over the Government’s imposed 4 per cent pay award – that the GMB says is “another massive real terms pay cut.” 

Rachel Harrison, GMB National Secretary, said, “Ambulance workers across England and Wales will go on strike for the second time. 

“GMB cancelled a planned strike over the Christmas period to say thank you to the public for their incredible support. 

“It also allowed time for the Government to talk to us about pay, but Ministers have dithered and postured, wasting valuable time. 

“To end this dispute, GMB needs a concrete offer to help resolve the NHS’s crushing recruitment and retention crisis. 

“The public expects the Government to treat this dispute seriously – it’s time they got on with it.” 

Pickets in Wirral will be at the following locations:

Birkenhead Community Fire & Ambulance Station, Exmouth Street, Birkenhead

Wallasey Ambulance Station, Liscard Road, Liscard, Wallasey

Arrowe Park Ambulance Station, Arrowe Park Hospital

Heswall Ambulance Station, Telegraph Road, Heswall

Image: Ian Taylor

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