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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.

St John threatens jobs… over wearing a badge

Date of Release: 
Friday, November 4, 2016

As ambulance officers across the country begin strike action at St John, the union representing the officers has revealed that approximately 800 officers on strike received a letter warning that disciplinary action could be taken against those who didn’t comply with the uniform policy.

“Ambulance officers across the country are wearing badges that read ‘Healthy Ambos Save Lives,’” said Ambulance Professionals First spokesperson Lynette Blacklaws.

The strike involves a uniform ban.

Ambos alter strike plans

Date of Release: 
Monday, October 31, 2016

Ambulance professionals across the country have agreed to alter their strike plans as a gesture to reassure any worried members of the public.

Ambulance Professionals First spokesperson Lynette Blacklaws says some aspects of the action will still go ahead, but the proposed paperwork ban has been temporarily withdrawn to reassure the public there will be no risk to patient safety.

“Patient safety is the top priority for Ambulance professionals,” said Ms Blacklaws. 

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