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Ambulance workers’ strike action cancelled at last minute

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Ambulance worker strikes in England have been called off by the Unite union.

On Monday, union members at ambulance trusts in the West Midlands, North West, South Central, South Coastal, and East Midlands had planned to strike.

However, the Unite union paused the strike action on Sunday afternoon in order to enter pay talks with the Government.

Unite head of operations Gail Cartmail said: “Following further assurances from the Government over the weekend, Unite has in good faith agreed to pause the strike action.

“If the meeting doesn’t meet these assurances strike action will resume.”

The union said the assurances relate to confirmation that any deal will include new money, rather than placing further pressure on NHS budgets and an indication discussions will not impact the conditions on health staff.

Talks are expected early this week.

It would have marked the first time that Unite members in South Central and South Coastal had taken industrial action.

Members in Yorkshire, who are also planning to strike for the first time, were due to take industrial action on Wednesday.

Unite had also called off strikes in Wales on March 6 due to pay talks continuing with the Welsh Government.

It comes after Unison and GMB unions cancelled industrial action which would have involved tens of thousands of key workers.

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