Five hundred ambulance workers have joined picket lines across Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire for a 12 hour walk out.
Members of the Unite Union are taking action because they say the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust are risking patient safety, by allowing new emergency care assistants to work with paramedics after only six weeks training.
Over the next five years the trust has to cut their budget by forty six million pounds. They say they'd like to reassure the public that the level of disruption will be minimal during industrial action.
Our members are increasingly concerned about patient safety because of the downgrading of the current skill level on NHS frontline vehicles in Yorkshire. We call yet again on the blinkered, hardline management at the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust to enter into meaningful talks with Unite. The continuing refusal of the management to discuss patient safety - which led to the de-recognition of the union - has left our members with no option but to take further industrial action."
Yorkshire Ambulance workers are staging a fresh strike in a row over spending cuts. Members of Unite will walk out for 12 hours from midday with a further stoppage planned for June 22 if the dispute remains deadlocked.
The row centres on plans by Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust to make savings of £46 million over the next five years.
Unite, which has 500 members at the trust, said ambulance workloads were increasing by up to 6% every month.