Open letter to the Chief Executive, East of England Ambulance Service

Student Paramedics raised a collective grievance in April 2016. The grievance aimed to provide us with pay parity and address the financial detriment caused by delays to our training.

AGM Branch Officer Report                                  

Officers Name: Kevin Byrne Officers Position: NES / PTS Officer 

Reporting Items 

Unfortunately I have been absent from work since July 2016 due to a road accident. However I have managed to continue with some PTS Consultations, interviews and Dignity at Work investigations. 

It has not been a good or productive year for PTS and little progress has been made on Meal Breaks and late finishes.  

Essex and Cambridgeshire have had Consultations on new Contracts and this was very challenging as management failed to engage in any way with the Branch. They refused to set up a Joint Consultative Committee from the beginning so this caused a lot of stress and anxiety for staff. 

A one to one process was conducted and I represented a large number of members at Cambridge, Huntingdon and Peterborough. 

I Had meetings with members at Huntingdon and Peterborough to gauge feelings which were consistent with my own view that the Consultation process was a ‘sham and that there was no engagement with members. 

Each member of staff was asked to nominate a ‘line and location and then had a one to one meeting to discuss their personal situation and choice.  

The nominations were not consistent with what appeared on GRS which created challenges and ‘grievances so I had to represent many members through this process. Some choices that were offered were withdrawn without informing the Rep or members which effectively meant that they had no choice in the process and had ‘lines imposed on them. 

The Cambridgeshire contract went live in September and the negative effects of not having a proper Consultation with ‘staff side are being felt and there are complaints and grievances being raised on a regular basis. I am representing those members affected but progress is slow and it has now been suggested another change to ‘rosters is about to implemented. 

The Cambridgeshire Contract has been served an Improvement Notice and meetings with staff were organised by management. There were three meetings of which I attended one. The staff expressed their feelings forcibly to those managers that are responsible for a massive increase in complaints, late running and missed meal breaks etc. 

 Advised staff to start work on time, take their meal break within their window and finish on time.  

An attempt by management to force staff without a C1 licence to pay for their own training on new vehicles they purchased was stopped with the help of the Branch at SPF. This was a very challenging period and took up a lot of time and energy and is another instance of management’s attitude towards their staff who, for the most part are low paid and no consideration was given to the alarm and distress that they caused. 

Managed to promote the union and recruit some new members and signed up one ALO.  

Attended a Bullying and Harassment Course and I am representing a member with a Dignity at Work (Sexual Harassment) claim which has now been referred to Disciplinary. This case has highlighted serious failings in management’s procedures and attitude to Bullying and Harassment but fortunately I was able to force them to take action and protect the victim. 

Represented a member with a serious speeding offence and managed to ensure that he only received a six month final warning’ rather than dismissal due to the failures of management. 

There was another member who had been suspended for a serious allegation outside of work and management attempted to dismiss him using his attendance and a breach of ‘contract in not declaring that he had three serious driving offences undeclared to them when he started his employment. 

Managed to assist him through the process and advised him to resign as this was in his best interest long term. I gave him advice of the benefits system and have communicated with him since he left. 

Attended a weekend training course on Mediation and I also completed an Employment Law Diploma Course and successfully completed it and received a Diploma. 

Setting up a WhattsApp Group has been quite successful and is used by members when they need advice quickly. It has proved itself and incorporates a lot of experience and expertise. 

Did more than 30 one to one Consultation Meetings throughout the year and have recorded them all in minutes which has proved very helpful so members are able to ask me for copies when they require them. 

The coming year will throw up some more challenges and issues but I think I will be better prepared to handle them. I have been learning to navigate through the union machinery and raised my concerns for PTS members on many occasions and hope to get their profile raised to the same level as ‘frontline within the Branch.  

In solidarity, 




Chair Darren Jones

Branch Secretary Fraer Stevenson

Treasurer Andy Stuart Branch

Convenor Barry Jarvis

Membership Officer Stuart Reeves

Branch Health & Safety Officer Jeff Pittman

ICT/Website Admin Paul Mortimer

Retired Members Secretary Steve Beckley

Non-Emergency Services Officer (NES) Kevin Byrne

Environmental Officer and Minutes Secretary Faith Ecuyer

Education Coordinator & Lifelong Learning Andrew Martin

Members with Disabilities Officer (shared) Kali Paul and Steve Rudd

Branch Women’s Officer Theresa Long

L.G.B.T. Members Officer (shared) Hope Nolan and Steve Rudd

Equalities Officer (shared) Andy Salter and Matt Blakey

Black Members (shared) Anand Pillai and Glenn Carrington

International Officer Anand Pillai

Labour Link Chad Fielder

Young Members Officer VACANT

Newsletter and Communications Eric Miller  


County Leads  

Essex Mike Hill

Hertfordshire Steve Cutler

Bedfordshire Jessica Micallef

Cambridgeshire (shared) Mike Leary and Glenn Carrington

Suffolk Darren Jones

 Norfolk (shared) Claire Stuart and Fraer Stevenson  


Health and Safety County Leads  

Essex Mike Hill

Hertfordshire Steve Cutler

Bedfordshire VACANT

Cambridgeshire VACANT

Suffolk Jeff Pittman

Norfolk Zia Giffins  

Beds and Herts Station Reps

Beds and Herts County Lead: 








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Darren Smith

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James Ellis

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Bedford EOC

Jess Micallef

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Lisa Merkitt

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Richard Andrew

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Tristan Ravenscroft

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Stephen Cutler

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Bedford EOC

Tom McEwan

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Branch Chair Report East of England Ambulance Branch 20106 Annual General Meeting Wednesday 22nd February 2017 Bishop's Park Community Centre Trust Hertfordshire  

Having completed my first year as your Branch Chair, I am able to look back and reflect on your branches achievements, and the progress which has been made over the last year.  

2016 has again proven to be a very busy year, and the Branch has faced many challenges along the way, which include the introduction of IX and the independent bullying and harassment review commissioned by your branch, just to name a few. The work the Branch has completed is staff focused and the aim of the work undertaken is always to improve working conditions and terms and conditions for staff.  

Personally I have taken my responsibilities as chair in 2016 seriously and will continue to do so in the coming year.  Some of my responsibilities and commitments include; 

 chairing all meetings of the branch and branch committee, agreeing the agenda for meetings with the secretary and making sure that business is properly conducted in line with union democracy;  advising branch officers and the branch committee on procedure and rules  making sure all functions of the branch are carried out  working closely with the secretary and other officers to provide leadership and support to the branch  Mentoring new representatives and supporting the more experienced representatives  a senior branch negotiator 

The chair position is one of two roles I undertake within the branch. I still continue to be actively involved in Suffolk as the County Lead, and represent the members within the county at a local level at the Local Staff Partnership Forum for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. 

As the County Lead, I am currently the joint chair of the Local Staff Partnership Forum for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.  This is where local representatives put across your points of view to the local management teams. I also attend every Local Staff Partnership Forum which takes place in Essex and Beds & Herts to support the representatives within those counties.  

In 2016 the branch has once again seen an increase in its membership; this is an increase for the third year running. This year on year gain suggests to me that the staff within the organisation have confidence in the branch and the way in which it supports its members.  

I have undertaken a variety of casework during 2016, ranging from formal sickness meetings, disciplinary hearings and grievances. It was nice working with Barry Jarvis (the branch Convenor) on the the EOC annual leave grievance, which proved to be a successful outcome, which meant the annual leave levels were put back to the 100% levels they should have been at.  

I have undertaken a number of courses to benefit the branch and its members in 2016 

 Chairs course at the Regional Branch Officer Training  Bullying & Harassment Training  Deconstructing Investigations course  Diploma in Employment Law (ongoing) 

Throughout the year I have made a point of visiting as many stations and trust localities as possible (to many to list here) to listen to staff concerns from all directorates and provide help and advice were possible. One thing I have recognised is the size of the area covered by the trust and the number of different occupations within it. 

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the new branch officers for the coming year, Chad Fielder Labour Link, Steve Rudd L.G.B.T. and Disabilities officer, Teresa Long Women’s officer, and Matt Blakey Equalities officer. I look forward to working with you all during 2017 

Best Regards 

Darren Jones Branch Chair UNISON Branch 20106      


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