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Bradford and Leeds blood staff in strike vote
7:00am Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
Blood testing staff at hospitals in Bradford and Leeds yesterday started a ballot for industrial action in a dispute over patient safety.
The blood sciences’ staff, members of Unite, the country’s largest union, have taken three days of strike action on July 16 and August 1 and 2.
Unite said the dispute centres on the lack of staff necessary to provide a safe service for the public in the Leeds and Bradford region.
Unite regional officer Terry Cunliffe said: “The trust has refused to address the very serious issues that our members have raised about new working patterns that put patients and staff safety in jeopardy.
“Managers want to impose these new shifts on October 21 which, in their current form, are unacceptable.”
He said staff are also expected to suffer significant pay cuts.
The ballot closes on Thursday, October 17.