AMBULANCE Service staff are taking industrial action from today in their dispute over pay.
A statement released by the association said: ‘The Ambulance Service regrets to inform the public that despite two years of pay grade negotiations, no decision has been reached. As a result, goodwill is being removed and staff will be working to contract immediately.’
Association chairman and paramedic Charlie Gouyet said: ‘During the last two years we have undergone two independent reviews and have attended numerous meetings with the employer. Throughout these negotiations, staff have demonstrated patience and understanding.
‘However, the lack of a grade structure for emergency front-line staff and the consequent comparable indiscrepancies in pay are not acceptable. We have been left with no choice but to take action.’ It was not clear this morning how the action would affect members of the public.