Union members across health service to refuse to work unpaid overtime from April 30th
May 5th: Unite National Officer with responsibility for health, Kevin McAdam, has confirmed strike action will proceed for twenty-four hours commencing at midnight.
“Unite ambulance service members will commence a twenty-four hour stoppage from midnight tonight. This action will coincide with that taken by UNISON ambulance staff who are engaging in a work-to-rule at present. Unite workers across the remainder of the Health Service are also conducting a refusal to work unpaid overtime running from April 30 to May 10.
“Unite members represent 25% of the NI Ambulance Service workforce and their strike action in conjunction with that of UNISON members are likely to result in significant service disruption.
“Healthcare workers are outraged at the failure of the DHSSPS to deliver on a fair and equitable pay rise. The 2014/2015 imposition of a non-consolidated pay rise has alarmed staff. Furthermore, the absence of any offer for 2015/2016 has caused anxiety for workers in the health sector. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK not to have received an offer of a pay rise – all the other three UK nations have already reached a settlement.
“Ambulance service workers are particularly aggrieved because NIAS invoked an ‘emergency cover’ protocol which prevented them from joining in the wider public sector service strike on March 13th.
“This action is only the latest in a long running pay campaign to ensure healthcare workers are treated with respect and dignity. We urge the incoming Health Minister to move swiftly to address the outstanding pay dispute and prevent further action”, Mr McAdam concluded.