Ambulance workers vote in principle for industrial action

Welsh ambulance workers have voted in principle for industrial action.

The GMB union, which represents around 1000 people, asked its members if they would be willing to take action if a formal vote was called.

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Ballot over ambulance worker strike to be decided

For those in favour of taking industrial action short of a strike the result was 63% Credit: PA

A decision could be made later on whether the GMB Union will formally ballot members of the Welsh Ambulance Service on strike action.

Last week just over 4 out of 10 of workers voted in principle for a strike. Almost two thirds voted for industrial action short of a strike.

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Ambulance staff 'already stretched' say Welsh Lib Dems

Kirsty Williams AM, leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, says the relationship between ambulance staff and management should never have been allowed to 'unravel to this extent.'

Our ambulance service and it's hardworking staff is already stretched to the limit. Any industrial action is likely to make things even worse, and must be avoided at all cost.

The Welsh Government needs to bring both sides to the negotiating table and bring an end to this dispute as soon as possible, for the sake of our ambulance service and the people of Wales.

– Kirsty Williams AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat leader

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Millar: Ambulance service vote 'a scathing verdict'

Shadow Health Minister Darren Millar AM says the vote by Welsh ambulance staff favouring industrial action in principle is "a scathing verdict" on the way the service is run.

Strike action or work to rule by ambulance workers would have severe consequences for patients and could put lives at risk.

The chronic problems in the Welsh Ambulance Service are a direct result of the policies pursued by Welsh Labour Ministers, who have put unbearable pressure on emergency care workers by centralising services, axing hospital beds, downgrading A&E units and slashing funding for the Welsh NHS on a record-breaking scale.

Labour Ministers must get around the table with paramedics and other NHS professionals to listen and act on their concerns and end this crisis in unscheduled medical care as soon as possible.

– Darren Millar AM, Shadow Minister for Health
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