‘Now is the time!’ Dave Prentis tells conference

General secretary tells delegates that the tide is turning and that, as the prime minister wobbles, there is hope “Now is the time to rise up – now is the time to smash the pay cap.” That was the call at the heart of a rallying, optimistic message from UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis today, when he addressed the union’s national delegate conference in Brighton. Condemning the reality of the…






Rest Breaks & NQP Update

News from your Branch Secretary and Chair to keep you posted on a couple of things.  Along with the many, many issues our many, many brilliant reps are dealing with currently, a couple of bigger ticket issues that are taking up a lot of mine and Eddie’s time is Rest Breaks and NQP/Paramedic changes. Eddie and I have been invited to quite a few meetings with our senior management in…






Pay Consultation

The SGE’s Agenda for Change group has considered the results of the pay consultation. Across the UK, most branches and regions responding were in favour of Option A – the earnings maximisation strategy Where branches recommended moving to a pay ballot this was based on very low turnout Health conference in April 2017 endorsed the earnings maximisation strategy. Given the results, UNISON will be working with regions and branches to…






EL Presidente T-Shirt

Last year after Eric Roberts became president of UNISON, the London Ambulance Service Branch of UNISON had an idea of making a t-shirt with Eric’s picture on with El Presidente written underneath. We planned to wear them at the Health and National Delegate Conferences this year whilst Eric was in his Presidency year. This was going to be a complete surprise to Eric! Sadly, this will now never happen and…






NHS PAY AWARD 2017/18

Consultation and response to Health Service Group Dear LAS UNISON branch member, The NHS Pay Review Body (PRB) has recommended a 1% consolidated pay increase for all NHS Staff on Agenda for Change contracts. The Government has accepted the recommendation and pay for NHS staff will be increased from 1 April 2017. This is the consultation on how UNISON should respond. We want to know how members in our branch…






NEC ELECTIONS

Dear London Ambulance UNISON Branch Members Ballot papers for this very important election should be sent to your homes address from Monday 3rd April. All branch members can vote for Community, Black, Young, Disabled and Greater London seats. Please take part in the internal democracy of your union. Your branch executive nominated the following candidates:- Community Female Seat Denise CHARLES Female Seat Black Members Kebba MANNEH Male Seat Elizabeth CAMERON…






EMT4 Pay Cap

Yesterday (22 March) our Branch Secretary, Eddie Brand, wrote to the LAS management to request that EMT4’s pay cap in band 5 is removed and they are now allowed to move through to the top of band 5. This letter was sent in the morning and was due to be published on our website the same day but due to the events that unfolded we felt it appropriate to delay this…






Implementation of band 6 for paramedics

A Joint Partnership Working bulletin was published today detailing how Band 6 will be implemented for Paramedics in the LAS. The text of the bulletin is as follows: We are pleased to announce that following formal job evaluation, the revised London Ambulance Service Paramedic job description has now been evaluated as band 6 under the Agenda for Change (AfC) pay system. All qualifying band 5 paramedics* will assimilate to the…






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