Unite has announced a series of fresh strikes by ambulance workers as they escalate the bitter dispute over pay and staffing.
The union said its members across England, Wales and Northern Ireland will stage 10 more strikes over the next few weeks, warning that further dates could be announced soon.
Unite ambulance workers are already set to walk out next Monday as the bitter row with the government remains unabated.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Rather than act to protect the NHS and negotiate an end to the dispute, the government has shamefully chosen to demonize ambulance workers.
“Ministers are deliberately misleading the public about the coverage of life and limb and who is to blame for excess deaths.
“Our members faithfully provide life and limb cover on strike days and not the unions that are not providing minimum levels of service.
“This government’s disastrous handling of the NHS has brought it to an end, and as crisis piles on crisis, the Prime Minister appears to be washing his hands of the dispute. What a shame.
When will ambulance trust workers strike?
- Thursday 26 January in Northern Ireland – GMB workers
- Monday 6 February North West, North East, West Midlands, East Midlands and Wales – Unite and GMB ambulance workers and nurses
- Thursday 16 February in Northern Ireland – GMB workers
- Friday 17 February in West Midlands, Northern Ireland.
- Monday 20 February in the East Midlands, North East and Wales – Unite and GMB workers
- Wednesday 22 February in the North West – GMB workers
- Thursday 23 February in Northern Ireland – GMB workers
- Friday 24 February in Northern Ireland – GMB workers
- Monday 6 March in the North West, North East, West Midlands, East Midlands and Wales – Unite and GMB workers
- Monday 20 March in the North West, North East, West Midlands, East Midlands and Wales – Unite and GMB workers
Unite members in the North West, North East, East Midlands, Mid West, Wales and Northern Ireland will be involved in the newly announced strike.
Unite said that, as with previous strikes, its representatives will be working at regional level to agree concessions to ensure emergency life and limb cover are in place during the action.
Other concessions will ensure that patients who need life-saving treatment, such as kidney care and cancer treatment, are transported to their appointments, the union said.
Unite official Onay Kasab said: “The solution to this dispute is in the hands of the government.
“This dispute will only be resolved once the current wage dispute has been properly negotiated.
“The government’s continued efforts to push the bump down the road and talk about one-off payments, or slightly increased wage awards in the future, are not enough to resolve this dispute.”