It is not the fault of unions if patients die during ambulance strikes, says Unison boss

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It is not the fault of ambulance unions if patients die during nationwide strikes on Wednesday, one union boss has said.

Christina McAnea, the general secretary of Unison, said that is is “absolutely the Government’s” fault and accused them of being “totally irresponsible”. 

“The only time they called me in for a meeting was today, the day before the strike,” she told TalkTV on Tuesday evening. 

“It’s completely irresponsible of them to refuse to open any kind of discussions or negotiations with us.”

Unison, along with the GMB and Unite unions, voted for strike action over the Government’s four per cent pay offer amid soaring inflation, which currently stands at just under 11 per cent.

Around 25,000 staff are due to go on strike on Wednesday in a dispute over pay, with 10 of 11 trusts in England and Wales affected.

Ms McAnea suggested that strikes could be averted by an offer of a one-off pay bonus, saying: “We’d listen to that, we’d listen to any offer from the Government.

“We are happy to discuss any options with them. I’m not putting a figure on it, we are not putting a limit on it and saying it has to be this. We are open to negotiations.”

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