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Date Fri 8 July 2011

Ambulance workers reject meal break proposals

UNISON, the union representing ambulance workers in Scotland, has rejected meal break proposals put forward by the Scottish Ambulance Service.

David Forbes, regional organiser for UNISON, said: “Our members are rushed off their feet and greatly value this short, unpaid break, so it is no surprise that our members have rejected the proposals by the Scottish Ambulance Service.

“Ambulance work is very demanding and our members deal with life and death decisions day in, day out. That’s why it’s so important that staff are given a break during what are often long shifts.

“We will continue to actively engage in discussions with the Scottish Ambulance Service and the Scottish Government and hope to find a way forward that meets the needs of both patients and staff.”