Strike action on the cards for ambulance workers
AMBULANCE workers could take strike action over a dispute with their bosses.
Unite the Union members say the action will be over patient safety and Yorkshire Ambulance Service's decision last week to "de-recognise" the organisation.
Unite says managers are trying to silence them from raising patient safety concerns.
Today (Monday) Unite said it was beginning the legal process to ballot its 450 paramedics and other ambulance staff members at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust for strike action or industrial action short of a strike.
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The ballot result could be known by the end of the month.
Unite regional officer Terry Cunliffe said: "I can confirm that Unite has begun the legal process to hold an industrial action ballot over the trust's unilateral decision to re-recognise Unite.
"The management is 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.
"The trust's behaviour is mind-boggling, given last week's Francis report, which placed great emphasis on whistleblowing and 'a duty of candour'.
"Whatever the outcome of the ballot, our members will always put patient safety first."
The Mail has contacted Yorkshire Ambulance Service for a comment on Unite's announcement. More details on this story will be available in tomorrow's Mail.