Yorkshire ambulance workers vote in favour of strike action
Yorkshire ambulance workers have voted to hold a one day strike on Tuesday 2nd April. Members of the Unite union will work out because of a dispute over cost cutting measures which could see assistants with only six weeks training brought in to work with paramedics.
Union members also voted in favour of implementing a continuous overtime ban from 26th March.
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. The management has been trying to silence Unite after it raised legitimate concerns over patient safety that could flow from the shake-up of ambulance services in the next five years.
Now our members have voted for strike action on 2 April and for a continuous overtime ban from 26 March. It shows the depth of concern that our members feel about patient safety because of the £46 million of savings that managers want to implement. The hardline management has responded by derecognising Unite and twice rejecting our attempts to take this dispute to Acas and to discuss the implications of industrial action.”
Workers at dozens of Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) offices will stage a 24-hour strike on Friday in a dispute over closures and job losses at a number of sites across the country, potentially including two in the North East.
Members of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) at 39 local and 10 enforcement offices in England, Scotland and Wales will take part in the industrial action.
The union is campaigning against planned office closures nation-wide, arguing it signals the end of a "highly prized" face-to-face service to motorists.
The union delivered a 72,000 name petition opposing the closures to the Department for Transport - the largest paper petition it had ever organised.
"Our petition was signed by members of the public, motor traders, representatives of motor trade federations and haulage and bus companies, and representatives of historic vehicle clubs.
We're very concerned about the lack of awareness among people that the offices are set to close or even that a consultation has been carried out."
– Union spokesman, PCS
"As well as losing a high quality public service and more than 1,000 jobs at a time of high unemployment, we believe these closures will lead to increased vehicle tax evasion and fraud.
We want the minister to listen to the overwhelming views of the public, motor traders and his staff, and to see sense and reverse these ill-thought through and damaging closures."