Yorkshire Ambulance Service resolve long-running dispute with union

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A long-running dispute between Yorkshire Ambulance Service and trade union Unite has ended.

Unite has held a series of strikes since April 2013 claiming new shift patterns could affect patient safety and also disputing the trust’s use of emergency care assistants who receive less training than paramedics.

However, both parties have now issued a joint statement saying they are returning to a ‘normalised working relationship’, with Unite being formally re-recognised by the trust.

The statement from Rod Barnes, interim chief executive of the ambulance service, and Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, said: “The priority of both YAS and Unite is to ensure the delivery of a first-class ambulance service for the people of Yorkshire and Humberside.

“Both parties will now work together on all relevant issues to safeguard the interests and safety of patients.”