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St John employ “emotional blackmail” in badge dispute

Date of Release: 
Monday, November 7, 2016

The union representing over 800 striking ambulance officers in the North Island is condemning St John after an Auckland station manager told an ambulance crew that ‘if someone dies because they didn’t let you in be it on your heads.’

“This kind of emotional blackmail is unacceptable,” said Ambulance Professionals First spokesperson Lynette Blacklaws.

Over 800 Ambulance Professionals from across the North Island are continuing their uniform ban and wearing a badge that reads “Healthy Ambos Save Lives” as part of their struggle for safe working hours and conditions.

“When a crew arrived in mufti at a station in Auckland this morning their manager snapped that ‘if someone dies because they didn’t let you in be it on your heads.’ This is way out of line,” said Blacklaws.

“This comes on the same day station managers in the Bay of Plenty told several ambulance officers over the phone that industrial action was cancelled, even though this isn’t true.”

“Despite this ambulance officers on call-outs are reporting tremendous support from the public. Every ambulance officer deserves a rest and every person deserves a well-rested ambulance officer,” said Blacklaws.  

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