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Ambulance workers postpone strike action

Ambulance workers have called off a planned strike while union bargaining takes place.

27 January 2011

A planned strike by ambulance workers has been called off, it has been revealed.

Union bargaining talks between Great Western Ambulance Service (GWAS) staff and their management have started and are due to continue on Monday.

The discussions were held with conciliation service Acas and were said to be "constructive".

Currently called off, the work-to-rule strike was due to start today (January 27th) as a reaction to proposed pay cuts and shorter rest breaks.

While management claim such changes are in the interest of providing a better service for patients, workers have voiced their concerns.

"There is a lot of work to be done and very important welfare and safety issues for patients and staff we've flagged up," comments Unison representative and paramedic Chris Hewitt.

Last week, chief executive of the ambulance service David Whiting claimed that industrial action was voted for by only a quarter of accident and emergency crews. 

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