North East Ambulance – industrial action on 23rd January 2023

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North East Ambulance Service is preparing for a second period of planned national industrial action by Unison and GMB, who are in dispute with the Government over the 2022/23 pay award.

In the North East, the unions will be taking industrial action on 23 January as follows:

GMB

  • 00.01h to 23.59h (24 hours)

Unison

  • patient transport and support services – 07:00h – 19:00h (12 hours)
  • emergency operations centre and emergency care – 12:01h – 23:59h (12 hours)

We recognise the legal right of union members to take part in this planned industrial action and the fact that this is not a decision anyone takes lightly. We have a workforce of more than 3,000 people and as the decision to strike is a personal one, we will not know until the day how many staff will be available to respond.

However, we expect to see a larger proportion of our workforce taking industrial action throughout the region due to Unison calling out more members this time.

We will be implementing a series of actions to ensure care is managed for the most seriously ill and injured as we prepare for the impact these strikes will have.