by Tim Lezard Paramedics in North West England will provide cover for striking ambulance crews during Monday’s strike. The GMB has worked closely with North West Ambulance Service managers to ensure that a reasonable level of emergency cover (for life- …

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North West Ambulance Serviceby Tim Lezard

Paramedics in North West England will provide cover for striking ambulance crews during Monday’s strike.

The GMB has worked closely with North West Ambulance Service managers to ensure that a reasonable level of emergency cover (for life-threatening and certain other categories of call, such as renal dialysis and oncology patients) is maintained during the four-hour period of the strike action.

In addition, GMB has agreed that the NWAS major and hazardous incident team will remain on duty in case a major incident occurs.

Members of GMB, RCM, SoR, UNISON, Unite are striking between 7 and 11am on Monday, followed by an overtime ban for the rest of the week.

GMB regional officer Ray Carrick said: “GMB has worked closely with NWAS management to ensure that a reasonable level of emergency cover is maintained during the 4 hour period of the strike action.

“The strike has arisen because of the government’s overruling of the independent, NHS Pay Review Body’s (PRB) recommendation for a 1% consolidated pay rise across the board for all NHS staff.

“The intervention by government means that the 1% will only be available to approximately 40% of NHS employees and it will not be consolidated in to basic pay

“Government intervention is in stark contrast to its view when the independent Pay Review Body for MP’s recommended that MP’s should receive a pay rise of 11%.

“In that case the government said it could not interfere with the recommendation because it had come from an independent body. Our members are angry as there seems to be one rule for MP’s and a different rule for everyone else.”


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