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Ambulance crews 'to take action'

Great Western Ambulance crews could be set to take industrial action over pay cuts and changes to shift patterns.

25 January 2011

Unison members at Great Western Ambulance could soon be formulating negotiation strategies after the union voted for its members to strike next week.

David Whiting, chief executive of the ambulance service, claimed that only about a quarter of accident and emergency crews voted in favour of industrial action.

However, union bargaining might be required as Unison stated that its members are hoping to secure better pay and conditions, notably a change in shift patterns.

Mr Whiting reassured the public that "robust contingency plans" were in place to ensure that the standard of care offered to people in areas affected by the strike was not diminished.

Speaking about the changes made by Great Western Ambulance which are being contested by those taking industrial action, Mr Whiting said: "The changes to shift start and finish times were made so that we can keep as many staff on the road at any one time."

This comes after The Association of Teachers and Lecturers revealed that it was preparing to ballot members over industrial action over potential changes to pensions. 

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