GMB CEC AUTHORITY FOR
OFFICIAL STRIKE BALLOT IN ENGLAND AMBULANCE SERVICE UNLESS PROGRESS
IS MADE OVER 25% CUT IN SICK PAY FOR 35,000 STAFF
THIS moves us a step closer
to a national dispute in the ambulance service in England as other
unions are likely to adopt a similar stance
GMB Central Executive Council (CEC) meeting on 15 October 2013, in
London has given authority for negotiators to proceed to an official
strike ballot unless there is progress in discussions with employers
who imposed cuts to sick pay by up to 25% for 35,000 ambulance
workers in England from 1 September 2013.
Last month the TUC Congress in Bournemouth backed a GMB emergency
motion on resisting cuts to ambulance workers pay by up to 25%. See
notes to editors for text on motion carried at TUC Congress.
A GMB spokesperson said:- "A full report was given to CEC from
the national negotiators on this dispute.
CEC has now given has
given authority for the negotiators to proceed to an official strike
ballot unless there is progress in discussions with employers.
This moves us a step closer
to a national dispute in the ambulance service in England as the CEC
was told that the other unions (Unite and Unison) are likely to
adopt a similar stance to that of GMB."
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Commissioner joins rural officers
during Firecrest action week
CRIMINALS operating in Lancashire's rural
communities are being targeted by Police and the County's Police and
Crime Commissioner has been along to see the Firecrest operation in
Clive Grunshaw joined officers from Broughton Police Station at the
Beacon Fell Visitor Centre, in the Forest of Bowland, this on 16
October 2013, to see what is being done to improve rural security
and help residents living in isolated communities feel safer.
The community action day; which saw crime prevention advice and
information about rural Watch schemes handed out to residents; is
part of a series of events taking place across the county during
Lancashire Police's week of action.
The Commissioner said:- "Community action events like today's
at Beacon Fell are vital to allow residents to engage with their
local officers and find out how they can make their homes and
workplaces more secure. Rural crime in Lancashire is low, but when
it does happen it can have a significant impact on those affected.
As Police and Crime Commissioner I am committed to ensuring
Lancashire Police does all it can to keep instances of rural crime
down, and initiatives such as Farm Watch, Canal Watch and Caravan
Watch are important to help officers do that. Firecrest is not just
a week-long initiative, there is a long-term commitment at
Lancashire Constabulary to tackling and further reducing rural crime
and this morning clearly demonstrated the enthusiasm and dedication
our rural officers have to achieving this."
PC Chris Banks, who ran this morning's event, said:- "This morning
we have been targeting the most rural area on our patch handing out
advice, bike locks, shed alarms and promoting the Watch schemes. For
us it is fantastic to have the Commissioner along as there is a lot
of good work going on in the rural areas in particular to keep crime
For more information about Firecrest, follow:- #firecrest on Twitter
throughout the week.