More than 10,000 ambulance workers vote to strike across England and Wales

No one in the health service takes strike action lightly – today shows just how desperate they are, says GMB Union

2 Dec 2022| News

The wave of industrial action continues. The summer saw large scale strikes by railway workers, tube workers, dockers and postal workers amongst others. After nurses voted to take unprecedented strike action just a few weeks ago, now ambulance workers have followed suit. 

More than 10,000 ambulance workers have voted to strike in nine trusts across England and Wales. Paramedics, Emergency Care Assistants, call handlers and other staff are now set to walk out in the following trusts:

  • South West Ambulance Service
  • South East Coast Ambulance Service
  • North West Ambulance Service
  • South Central Ambulance Service
  • North East Ambulance Service
  • East Midlands Ambulance Service
  • West Midlands Ambulance Service
  • Welsh Ambulance Service
  • Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Workers across the ambulance services and some NHS Trusts have voted to strike over the Government’s imposed 4 per cent pay award – another massive real terms pay cut. GMB will now meet with reps in the coming days to discuss potential strike dates before Christmas.

Rachel Harrison, GMB National Secretary, said:

“Ambulance workers – like other NHS workers – are on their knees. Demoralised and downtrodden, they’ve faced twelve years Conservative cuts to the service and their pay packets, fought on the frontline of a global pandemic and now face the worst cost of living crisis in a generation. No one in the NHS takes strike action lightly – today shows just how desperate they are. This is as much about unsafe staffing levels and patient safety as it is about pay. A third of GMB ambulance workers think delays they’ve been involved with have led to the death of a patient. Something has to change or the service as we know it will collapse. GMB calls on the Government to avoid a Winter of NHS strikes by negotiating a pay award that these workers deserve.”