“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.
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 contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org and provide 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 make sure you complete the survey and ask all your colleagues to do the same.”
Ballot timetable is as follows:
Friday 29 April – Survey link sent to all ambulance members via email.
Friday 27 May – Survey closes
Monday 30 May – Results to be announced this week
Ambulance staff in England are still waiting for the government to deliver on the promises they made at the end of the NHS pay dispute in 2015.
We are now a year on from the agreement that convinced ambulance staff to end the strike and return to work.
The government agreed to talk about pay and bandings for ambulance staff and look at the skills and experience paramedics currently use to get the job done, with a view to moving them to higher pay bands.
They also promised to look at the unique pressures placed on ambulance staff faced with an increasing retirement age.
Ambulance staff are still waiting. We want the government and employers to stop sitting on their hands and work with us to deliver on these promises.
It is vital that ALL trade union members take part in the ballot to send a strong message to the government.
Voting takes place 29 April to 27 May 2016
If enough members support a move to industrial action, and the government does not take our call seriously, then there will be little choice but to turn to dispute over the failure to deliver on their promises.
Here is what we are asking for:
- Fair pay for ambulance staff ( NOT 2016 skills for 2004 pay)
- A safe and sensible retirement age for all staff (inline with other emergency services)
- Healthier happier staff = healthier happier patients
- Proper training, development and career progression for ambulance staff