SECRETARY'S UPDATE

We’ve been made aware of letters that have gone out from the Trust to Student Paramedics about delays to the ARU University pathway. UNISON was not consulted over these delays, although the trust has committed to meeting us on Friday to discuss this issue in detail. We will consult with members as soon as we’re able too.

We have been trying to resolve another issue through partnership working over the application of Annex U. This issue was flagged by UNISON some months ago and applies to every Student Paramedic who commenced on their pathway from January 2014 to date.

Annex U is a national term and condition which the trust has not applied correctly, this means all Student Paramedics are currently being underpaid during their training period. Given the lack of traction in dealing with this issue, we are now supporting Student Paramedics with a collective grievance.

Nationally UNISON is holding an indicative ballot of ambulance staff over the failure of the government and employers to deliver on their promises made at the end of the 2014/15 strike action (pay and retirement age). 

 

If you are ambulance staff, a link will be sent directly to the email address we have on our records so you need to keep an eye out for it. 

 

This ballot is for ALL UNISON members working in an English NHS Ambulance Service.

 

 If you haven’t received the link then please provide us with an up to date email address.

 

In order to send a very strong message we need to get a high return rate so your vote is really important.

 

Please update your email address and complete the survey. Ask all your colleagues to do the same.

 

You can read more about the national campaign over pay and retirement age here.

UNISON has today (Monday) informed the East of England Ambulance Service that it is to ballot frontline ambulance staff over possible strike action concerning managers’ failure to tackle the problem of excessive working hours and lack of sufficient breaks.

The trust has this afternoon released a document to all staff implying it was shared with UNISON on 9th May. This is not the case.

At the public board meeting this week a document was included in the papers which raised a number of concerns for UNISON.

30 minute handover at acutes. 
“From the 6 June 2016, EEAST intends to implement the 30 minute hospital handover measure to protect patients in the community from handover delays. In simple terms, this will mean that if a crew has been waiting to hand over a patient at hospital for more than 30 minutes, and a 999 call comes in for which they are the closest resource, the crew can be instructed to leave the patient at the hospital and respond, if the risk to the patient in the community is greater. Sandy Brown has sent a letter to all Acute Hospitals, week commencing 9 May 2016 advising of our intention. A protocol and instruction flow chart will be communicated to staff to ensure they are empowered to make decisions at the hospital.”

Ambulance crews in the East of England Ambulance Service are struggling to cope.

Following several days of negotiations with ACAS last week, UNISON is now consulting with members over the Trust’s proposal.

UNISON has sent an email to all members eligible to be balloted over late finishes/meal breaks.

Please take a few minutes to give us your feedback via our survey, so we can represent your views.

If you have not received an email link, please contact UNISON direct on 0800 0 857 857 and update the email address we have for you. 

Kind regards,

Fraer
Fraer Stevenson
UNISON Branch Secretary
East of England Ambulance Branch 20106
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