Ambulance crew strike

Another strike kicking off this week is affecting Ambulance staff around the country.

Nearly 1000 St John ambulance workers nationwide began strike actions yesterday.

Jared Abbot, Secretary of the Transport, Logistics & Manufacturing Division at First Union, says members were very clear they didn't want to put patient safety at risk, so are only refusing to attend non-emergency event work.

He says nevertheless it's already having an impact on St John, which he expects to ramp up as summer arrives.

Mr Abbot says the starting rate for ambulance workers is below $20 an hour, and if recognition payments for night and weekend work are taken into account, many ambulance professionals are being paid below the minimum wage.

Michelle Keighley