Op note: UNISON ambulance workers strike for a fourth day over pay and staffing

Thursday 9 February 2023
For operational use only, not for publication or broadcast

When: Friday 10 February 2023, various times
Where: Five ambulance services in England
Who: Ambulance workers

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 tomorrow (Friday 10 February) over NHS pay and staffing.

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

UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea will be joining workers on strike at various locations in the South West, while the union’s head of health Sara Gorton will be visiting ambulance picket lines in London. Deputy head of health Helga Pile and assistant general secretary Jon Richards will be in Yorkshire.

This will be the fourth time ambulance staff have walked out during the current dispute. Key UNISON picket lines include (main pickets with spokespeople highlighted in bold):

Waterloo (11.00 to 23:00) 220 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8SD
Docklands (11.00 to 17.00) Docklands Emergency Operations Centre, Newham Dockside, 1,000 Dockside Road, London E16 2QU
Deptford (11:00 to 23:00) 1 New Cross Road, London SE14 5DS

North West
Manchester (11.00 to 23.00) Manchester Ambulance Station (next to blood donor centre), Plymouth Grove, Manchester M13 9LL
Liverpool (07:00 to 19:00) Huyton Ambulance Station, Huyton Lane, Huyton, Liverpool L36 7XG
Blackpool (07:00 to 19:00) Blackpool Ambulance Station (temporary hub), Devonshire Road, Blackpool FY3 8AY
Carlisle (07:00 to 19:00) North West Ambulance Service, Carlisle Salkeld Hall, Infirmary Street, Carlisle CA2 7AN
Wigan (11:00 to 23:00) Wigan Ambulance Station, Robin Park Road, Wigan WN5 0UU

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 (08:30 to 15:00) Ashington Ambulance Station, Armstrong Way, North Seaton Industrial Estate, Ashington NE63 0YB
Middlesbrough (08:30 to 15:00) Middlesbrough Ambulance Station, The Fulcrum Centre, Acklam Road, TS5 4EQ

South West
Bristol (08:00 to 20:00) 400 North Way, North Bristol Park, Filton, Bristol BS34 7QH
Exeter (08:00 to 20:00) Dakota Way, Skypark, Clyst Honiton, Exeter EX5 2FL
Taunton (08:00 to 20:00) Lisieux Way, Taunton TA1 2LB

Notes to editors:
– UNISON spokespeople will be available for interview: general secretary Christina McAnea (South West); head of health Sara Gorton (London); deputy head of health Helga Pile and assistant general secretary Jon Richards (Yorkshire)
– To be put in touch with a striking ambulance worker, please speak to either the national media team or to one of our regional colleagues.
– UNISON balloted 15,000 workers across the five ambulance services.
– 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 Thursday 16 February. Also being re-balloted are UNISON members working at NHS Blood and Transplant, London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool Women’s Hospital and the North West-based Bridgewater Community Trust.
– 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: 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; Fatima Ayad M: 07508 080383 E: f.ayad@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; Megan Ollerhead M: 07951 187414 E: m.ollerhead@unison.co.uk; Tony Pearson E: 07801 578985 E: t.pearson@unison.co.uk
North East: Paul Riley M: 07903 807641 E: p.riley@unison.co.uk
South West: Jack Horwood M: 07767 205080 E: j.horwood@unison.co.uk; Liz Chinchen M: 07778 158175 E: press@unison.co.uk