Last week we communicated that St John had received notification from one of our three unions, that its members will be withdrawing labour from 6am on 25 November until 6am on 26 November. We have now received a further notification that this union’s members will be withdrawing labour for a second period from 6am on 28 November until 6am on 29 November – two periods of 24 hours.
As noted, this union’s members represent about 40% of paid ambulance personnel nationally, and this action involves the full withdrawal of labour by members working in our Clinical Support, Ambulance Communications, Emergency Ambulance, Patient Transfer Services and Event Medical Services.
We can now confirm that the impact will be most noticeable in Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, and Canterbury. We have put plans in place, including rostering other ambulance staff to cover the strike action and undertaking additional clinical triage in the Ambulance Communications Centre. We anticipate this will mitigate much of the anticipated impact, however we will still need support to reduce demand on services through these periods.
We have developed specific advice for the most impacted stakeholders. Can you please support by cascading these to your medical facilities.
We will continue to provide updates as new information is available. Please let me know if you need anything in the meantime.
Ngā mihi nui
Andrew Mumford NDAP BSc MBA MNZIM
Communications Lead | People and Organisational Strategy