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  1. Hospital staff in second day of strike action

    A second 24-hour strike is under way involving more than 150 staff at Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary.

    Porters, cleaners and catering staff are taking action over payments for working unsocial hours.

    NHS workers receive enhanced rates for working at unsociable times such as weekends or through the night, but Unison says non-medical staff at the hospital have not been getting the payments for 10 years.

    Mitie, which took over the contract for those workers in November, last week said talks were "continuing" in an effort to resolve the dispute.

    A first day of strike action (pictured) was held on Friday.

    Six striking hospital workers during the first day of industrial action
  2. Ambulance crews 'want stab vests' after assaults increase

    Ambulance workers in Barrow are asking for stab vests to protect them from violent people after a 20% increase in attacks over the past five years.

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    The North West Ambulance Service says in the year to April there were more than 50 reports of physical and verbal assaults on crews in the county.

    David Wayne, a paramedic with the North West Ambulance Service, says he has been threatened with a knife and spat at.

    He is also a health and safety representative for the union Unison in the Barrow area, and says a survey showed ambulance workers want access to stab vests.

    Quote Message: Forty-eight asked said yes, 13 said no, and two were unsure, so a massive majority, they believe it's something they should be carrying as part of their daily kit to keep them safe." from Dave Wayne
    Dave Wayne