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Strike negotiations set to take place for ambulance staff

07 January 2011

Strike negotiations might prove useful as Great Western Ambulance Service staff in Bristol, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and areas of Somerset have voted in favour of industrial action.

A ballot was held by Unison following a row over pay and conditions between staff and the NHS Trust.

The union claimed a number of workers could face pay cuts and non-peak cover in areas such as Bristol, Gloucester, Bath and Trowbridge could be "slimmed down".

Simon Newell, of Unison, said: "Members have not taken any action up until now, but the results clearly demonstrate that our members feel these changes are detrimental to their working conditions."

He said they hope to reach a resolution with the trust today (January 7th) but added the fact that more than 96 per cent of its members said 'yes' to some form of action left them in no doubt about what the next steps should be.

Strike negotiations might also prove useful for an ongoing dispute between journalists and their employer Newsquest.  

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