Ambulance strikes that were due to take place across the country on Monday and Wednesday this week have been called off. The Unite union has suspended the industrial action as talks commence with the government, the union has confirmed this afternoon (March 5).
Ambulance workers have been striking since December over pay and conditions, saying that staffing levels are getting so low as people leave for higher wages and lower stress jobs that patients are being put at risk.
Unite head of operations Gail Cartmail said: “Following further assurances from the government over the weekend Unite has in good faith agreed to pause the strike action.
If the meeting doesn't meet these assurances strike action will resume.” READ MORE: More than a dozen GP surgeries in Greater Manc hester are 'inadequate' or 'require improvement' - see if yours is on the list The 'assurances' relate to a confirmation that any deal with the government will include new money, 'rather than placing further pressure on NHS budgets', a spokesperson for the union added.Read more on manchestereveningnews.co.uk
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