Inside the NHS’s winter crisis

The nation is in panic over the so-called ‘winter crisis’ in the NHS. But according to paramedic and LAS UNISON member Jason Anderson, such pressures have become “the norm” for health staff on the frontline Among the procedural messages that paramedic Jason Anderson and his ambulance colleagues receive on their onboard computers as they drive through London, one particular request from hospitals is becoming more and more frequent: Extreme pressure…

Christmas present appeal

We would like to say a huge thanks to Unison member Nigel Flanagan who has worked for the London Ambulance Service NHS since 1992, he is a Paramedic currently based at Croydon complex and previously worked at Oval ambulance station for many years.  He has again this year been working hard on a charity campaign which has made a huge difference to the children in the communities we serve.  Here’s…

Holiday Pay

Today LAS Unison has written to the LAS management regarding an issue we raised at the Staff Council meeting on 14th November 2017 which will result in an increase in the “Holiday Pay” staff receive when on annual leave. You may remember UNISON won a landmark case at the Supreme Court in February this year representing a member ‘Joe Lock’ against British Gas which resulted in additional payments when on…

Proposed New Rest Break Policy

Following negotiations between UNISON and LAS management, a new proposed rest break agreement has been published. Please read the agreement in full and pass back any comments to your local UNISON rep or via our Facebook groups. Download the proposed rest break policy here

Rest Breaks – August Update

Dear UNISON Member, As you may be aware over the last year we have met with London Ambulance Senior Management about the ongoing issue of Rest Breaks. The reason it has gone on for so long is because of a number of factors. These include changes in senior managers and the major incidents that have affected London recently. We have been meeting periodically but confirm that these discussions have now…

LAS UNISON MEMBERS RECEIVE EXTRA PAY FOLLOWING UNISON VICTORY IN SUPREME COURT

LAS UNISON are pleased to confirm that colleagues in the LAS will now be receiving extra pay from July, following a successful legal fight that ended in victory for UNISON in the Supreme Court earlier this year. The Supreme Court found in the Employment Case ‘British Gas Trading Limited v Mr ZJ Lock (represented by UNISON)’, that anyone whose wages included an element of commission can no longer be paid…

‘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…

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