Ambulance staff balloted
Ambulance staff are being balloted for industrial action after a union claimed one staff member had worked for 36 hours on one shift.
Leaders of the Unite trade union hit out at the “dangerously long working hours” being undertaken by personnel in the north division of the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS).
While shifts should last for 12 hours, the union claimed one SAS employee in the region – which covers both the Highlands and Islands and Grampian – had worked for three times this, while another had been on shift for 23 hours.
Tommy Campbell, Unite regional office, said it was a “national scandal” that some in the service were working such long hours, claiming paramedics who want to serve the public are being “exploited”.
The union is to carry out a consultative ballot on industrial action among its members in the SAS in the north division.
It claims such “extreme shifts overruns” can cause stress and tiredness amongst workers, adding that “excessive vacancies” are leading to staff having to work overtime.