TALKS are continuing between Great Western Ambulance Service (GWAS) and Unison after industrial action was called off.

Meetings between the two sides were taking place again this week in a bid to find a resolution to an ongoing dispute over pay and working conditions.

GWAS spokesman John Oliver said the organisation was keen to find a solution.

He said: "We are continuing to meet with Unison and both sides want to find an amicable solution.

"We are willing to discuss any outstanding issues and as far as we are concerned the talks are ongoing."

Last week Unison withdrew a notice to its members to work to rule. The union had balloted its members late last year and returned a vote of 93 per cent in favour of industrial action. However, it is understood members would have to be balloted again if the union decides to press ahead with industrial action as the legal timeframe from the first vote has now expired.

Gloucestershire branch officer for Unison, Shane Clark, said it was 'unacceptable' to expect ambulance crews to work long shifts without breaks and not have enough time off between shifts.

He said: "The employers must listen to our members’ concerns."