NHS Pension Scheme

NHS Pension Scheme – Age discrimination judgement A legal case taken by the firefighters and judges has found that the transitional protections introduced as part of the 2015 changes to their respective pension schemes were discriminatory based on age. There is a likely read across of this judgement to the other public sector pension schemes, which includes the NHS Pension Scheme, that have similar protection arrangements. In the NHS if…

EAC/TEAC Pay Update

LAS UNISON met with Senior Management on Wednesday 31st July 2019 at the LAS Staff Council. During the meeting we raised various concerns about the bulletin sent out this week from People and Culture (EAC updated job description). The main issue we raised was that of TEACS and their future banding. The opinion of our Branch is that our TEAC members should be under Annex 21 of Agenda for Change:…

UNISON response to the introduction of National ambulance vehicle specification for English NHS ambulance trusts

On 1 April 2019, NHS Improvement introduced new national ambulance vehicle specifications and all new ambulances purchased need to be in line with these. More information on the specifications can be found here. UNISON recognises that there is too much variation between ambulance vehicles in the English ambulance services and a more joined up approach would be beneficial to the NHS. However, we are concerned that as part of the…

Update on EAC Role

Over the last year London Ambulance UNISON Branch have on numerous occasions raised the issue that our TEAC/EAC members have seen significant changes to the job role that was first agreed and matched to band 4 in 2014. The significant changes being: The knowledge, skills and experience required for the EAC role is now equal to a level 4 qualification due to the increase in clinical education through Core Skills…

LAS UNISON response to Annual Leave Proposal

Today LAS UNISON have formally responded to the proposal on annual leave arrangements made in January by the LAS management. As expected, we have, as a Branch, rejected the proposal. We recognise that the arrangements reflect a marked reduction in the working conditions for our frontline members and through consultation with members by our elected reps across the service we also recognise the huge strength of feeling from members against…

Annual Leave proposal

The LAS management have written to us to propose a change in the annual leave arrangements for operational staff.  Although we have had some discussion with the service to explore these arrangements over quite a protracted timeframe, it was disappointing to us to have received a formal proposal at 1650 on a Friday evening.  Nevertheless, to give the background to this proposal we have had various discussions with a range…

Pay Update from UNISON National Ambulance Sector

Dear Ambulance member, We are writing to you about the pay proposals for NHS staff in England. A lot has been said about the proposals on social media and we wanted to respond to a couple of frequently raised questions. Ambulance staff are an integral part of the NHS and it will be NHS staff who make the decision on whether to accept the current offer. The proposals would end…

NHS Pay Proposal – Branch Update

The NHS Staff Council framework agreement proposal was released last week and we have all had time to understand it’s complexities now, so we wanted to produce this overview from our LAS Branch perspective.  We are in an initial stage of consultation with our health members nationally ending mid April when we will individually be asked to make a decision. The ballot will be sent to all members that have…

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