UNISON ambulance workers strike over pay and staffing

Tuesday 10 January 2023
For operational use only, not for publication

When: Wednesday 11 January 2023
Where: Five ambulance services in England
Who: All job roles in those services

UNISON ambulance workers strike over pay and staffing

Ambulance staff working for five services in England – London, Yorkshire, the North West, North East and South West – will be taking part in further industrial action on Wednesday over pay and staffing.

Paramedics, emergency care assistants, ambulance technicians, other 999 crew members and control room staff are among those who will be on picket lines at various times during the day.

UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea will be joining ambulance workers on strike in Yorkshire and the North East. The union’s head of health Sara Gorton will be visiting a number of picket lines in London.

The walkout coincides with action being taken by another union, GMB, at several ambulance services.

Key UNISON picket lines include (main pickets highlighted in bold):

London
Waterloo (11.00 to 23:00) 220 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8SD
Docklands (11.00 to 17.00) Docklands Emergency Operating Centre, Newham Dockside, 1000 Dockside Road, London, E16 2QU
Deptford (11:00-23:00) 1 New Cross Road, London SE14 5DS

North West
Manchester (07.00 to 19.00) Manchester Ambulance Station (next to blood donor centre), Plymouth Grove, Manchester M13 9LL
Birkenhead (07.00 to 19.00):  Exmouth Street, Birkenhead CH41 4NF
Blackpool (07.00 to 19.00) Blackpool Ambulance Station, Devonshire Road, Blackpool FY3 8AY (temporary hub in an old hospital)
Carlisle (07.00 to 19.00): North West Ambulance Service, Carlisle Salkeld Hall, Infirmary Street, Carlisle CA2 7AN

Yorkshire
Sheffield (10.00 to 22.00) Longley Ambulance Station, 9 Crowder Road, Sheffield S5 7PJ 
Hull (10.00 to 22.00) Sutton Fields Ambulance Station, Copenhagen Way, Hull HU7 0XY
York (10.00 to 22.00) York Ambulance Station, Turner Close, Hemsworth YO31 9FD
Leeds (10.00 to 22.00) Leeds Ambulance Station, Flax Place, Leeds LS9 8HF

North East 
Gateshead (07.00 to 19.00) Gateshead Ambulance Station, Old Durham Road, Gateshead NE9 6SF
Ashington (09.00 to 17.00) Ashington Ambulance Station, Armstrong Way, North Seaton Industrial Estate, Ashington NE63 0YB
Coulby Newham (09.00 to 17.00) Coulby Newham Ambulance Station, Ridgeway, Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough TS8 0TQ
Chester le Street (noon to 17.00) Chester-Le-Street Ambulance Station, Front Street, Chester le Street DH3 3AT

South West

Bristol (10.00 to 22.00) Croydon St, Easton, Bristol BS5 0DA
Gloucester (10.00 to 22.00) Commerce Road, Staverton, Gloucester GL2 9QJ
Bridgwater (10.00 to 22.00) Woodlands Court, Bridgwater. TA6 4FT
Exeter (10.00 to 22.00) Dakota Way, Skypark, Clyst Honiton, Exeter, EX5 2FL
Taunton (10.00 to 22.00) Lisieux Way, Taunton TA1 2LB
Barnstaple (10.00 to 22.00) Lauder Lane, Roundswell Business Park, Barnstaple EX31 3TA
Bournemouth (10.00 to 22.00) 38 Portchester Road, Bournemouth BH8 8JY
Redruth: Cambourne and Redruth Community Hospital, Barncoose Terrace, Redruth, Cornwall TR15 3ER

Notes to editors:
– UNISON spokespeople will be available for interview: general secretary Christina McAnea (Yorkshire and North East); head of health Sara Gorton (London); deputy head of health Helga Pile (London); assistant general secretary Jon Richards (Manchester).
– To speak to a striking ambulance worker, please speak to either the national media team or to one of our regional media colleagues.
– UNISON balloted 15,000 workers across the five ambulance services.
– GMB is striking in eight services in England (North East, North West, Yorkshire, South Central, South East Coast, South West, East Midlands, West Midlands) and the Welsh Ambulance Service.
– UNISON is re-balloting ambulance workers at five ambulance services in England (South East Coast, South Central, East of England, West Midlands and East Midlands) and the Welsh Ambulance Service. This began on Friday 6 January and continues until Monday 16 February.
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union and the largest union in the NHS and in the ambulance sector, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.

Media contacts:
National and London: Liz Chinchen M: 07778 158175 E: press@unison.co.uk, Anthony Barnes M: 07834 864794 E: a.barnes@unison.co.uk, Fatima Ayad M: 07508 080383 E: f.ayad@unison.co.uk
London: Emma Davey M: 07432 733187 E: e.davey@unison.co.uk
North West: Sam Doherty M: 07432 549759 E: s.doherty@unison.co.uk
Yorkshire: Chris Birks M: 07870 407670 E: c.birks@unison.co.uk; Tony Pearson M: 07801 578985 E: t.pearson@unison.co.uk
North East: Paul Riley M: 07903 807641 E: p.riley@unison.co.uk
South West: Oliver Foster-Burnell M: 07432 150532 E: o.foster-burnell@unison.co.uk