Yorkshire ambulance workers, who are members of the Unite union, are starting a continuous ban on overtime from today in a row over patient safety.
Unite say its 450 paramedics and other ambulance staff members voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action in the form of an overtime ban which started at 6.00am.
A 24-hour strike is due to be held on 2 April. Further strike action could follow after 2 April.
– Unite regional officer Terry Cunliffe
"Unite calls for the management to open constructive negotiations in the run-up to 2 April. This is a final window of opportunity for the trust to resolve this situation for the benefit of the Yorkshire public."
A key proposal by the trust is the introduction of emergency care assistants (ECAs) to work alongside more highly-trained paramedics. The ECA staff have six weeks training.
We had this response from the ambulance service.
– Stephen Moir, Deputy Chief Executive, Yorkshire Ambulance Service
"We would like to reassure members of the public that the changes we are introducing to our A&E workforce will enable us to continue to deliver a high quality and responsive service to patients and they will always remain our top priority.
We would also like to provide assurance that theTrust has plans in place to avoid any disruption to patient care if Unite the Union members decide to go ahead with the industrial action they have outlined today.”