Ambulance staff stage strike at Bridlington Hospital

Strike action at Bridlington Ambulance Station.

Strike action at Bridlington Ambulance Station.

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Members of the Unite union working at Bridlington’s ambulance station took part in a 12-hour strike last week.

Unite, the largest union in the country, said the continuing refusal of the management at the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust to discuss patient safety – which led to the de-recognition of the union – had left its members with no option but to take further industrial action.

Terry Cunliffe, Unite regional officer, said: “We had pickets at a number of sites, and members also joined our main protest outside trust headquarters in Wakefield.

“All Unite members were involved in the strike. This was not done to affect patient safety, as that is what we are fighting for, but it will inevitably have affected service – especially with more general jobs such as patient transport.

“We are calling for the management to do the mature thing – and get around the table and negotiate in a positive fashion. If this does not happen, we will carry out a 24-hour strike on June 22.”