UK - West Yorkshire Ambulance Service workers have voted to take industrial action over their terms and conditions - including pensions.
Transport and General Workers’ Union regional industrial organiser Phil Bown said: “For three years ambulance workers have been told that their terms and conditions will be brought up to a nationally recommended level. But again the employer’s offer falls well short.
“The unions have decided not to exercise their right for an all-out strike at this time, in an effort to cause minimum disruption to the public and to encourage the employer to come to the negotiating table and reach a fair settlement.”
T&G members at West Yorkshire Ambulance Service voted by a majority of 92% to take industrial action.
The union’s action will begin with an overtime ban today (November 27). Subsequent overtime bans will take place between December 16 and 22, and in the new year.
*The T&G’s move follows a call by public sector union Unison for a new pensions deal for ambulance staff.
Unison wants bigger pensions for ambulance workers to reflect their shorter working lives. It points out that 70% of ambulance workers retire for ill-health reasons before the age of 55.
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