GMB Magazine GMB25 Centre Point Summer 2016 - Page 7

Visit GMB online at Y C N E G R EME ballot BROKEN PROMISES Ambulance service workers have been let down. Ambulance service decides next course of action T he UK’s ambulance service is overworked, underpaid and overstretched and cannot be expected to keep responding to 999 calls while the government does nothing to ease the situation. In response to this government’s broken promises on pay, retirement age, career progression and training, GMB has held a consultative ballot with all members in the ambulance service. Members were asked what action they would be willing to take to secure the promises made – and broken – by Jeremy Hunt, with potential for an industrial action ballot in the near future. Rehana Azam, GMB national officer for the NHS, said: “The government promised to recognise the valuable skill-sets of ambulance staff. They promised to invest in the ambulance staff and service. The government has failed to live up to their promises.” Steve Rice, GMB chair of the Ambulance Committee, said: “Ambulance staff are sick and tired of being pu