SECRETARY'S UPDATE

Branch Elections

 

Every year your UNISON Branch holds an annual general meeting (AGM). As well as being an opportunity for members to come and meet their Branch committee, we also approve and vote on any rule changes, review the Branch over the past year and elect your Branch Officers for the year ahead. 

 

The next AGM is set for 24th February 2016, venue to be confirmed. 

 

The nomination period for officer elections is set in our Branch rules and opens on 1st December 2015. You can download a nomination form by clicking on this link.

 

Nominations need to be received by 6th January 2016.

At this time of the year, as well as looking forwards to 2016, we review our work as a Branch over the past AGM year.

 

UNISONthe public service union

Ambulance emergency

UNISON is preparing a national campaign to highlight the impact that the increases to retirement age and recruitment and retention will have on the ambulance service, staff and patients who use it.

Please share your views and experiences to help us to make the case for ambulance staff by filling in this short survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/unisonambulancesurvey

 

You can read more about this campaign here:

https://www.unison.org.uk/our-campaigns/ambulance-emergency/

 

The CQC is visiting our Trust for a comprehensive planned inspection the week commencing 4th April. 

 

Inspectors are running pre inspection focus groups the week commencing 14th March.

Last week senior staffside received an email from Robert Morton, CEO, inviting us to a meeting to inform us about a range of actions the Executive team have considered necessary for patient safety.

The actions were described by Robert Morton in his email as ‘measures that may be viewed as controversial, unpalatable and even draconian.’

The trust recently placed an advert on NHS jobs for band 3 'support workers (ECAs),’ to work on emergency ambulances across the region. The advert stated the trust would close the application process when they reached 300 applicants.

Following a meeting with the Deputy Chief Executive and the HR Director this week, the advert was withdrawn and the trust has made a commitment, in the spirit of partnership working, to change this recruitment to band 4 Student Technicians (nationally these roles are known as Associate Ambulance Practitioners).

Alongside the student EMT (Associate Ambulance Practitioners) pathway we understand the trust will continue to recruit and train student Paramedics, as well as recruiting direct entry EMTs, Paramedics and ECPs/CCPs.

We are also asking the trust to look at the development of our existing staff as a priority and to better support our HCRT staff, who raised concerns with us about the advert.

Kind regards,

Fraer
Fraer Stevenson
UNISON Branch Secretary

Your UNISON Branch Committee met today (22nd march) to discuss the trusts recent proposals, the way this has been handled by the trust, and the results of our indicative ballot.

Over 60% of our patient facing members in A&E operations took part in our indicative ballot, and of those members, 90% said they would vote for industrial action over late finishes.