Rest Break Policy – End of Shift Arrangements

As you are well aware the LAS bulletin on the 18th December 2017 announced the new rest break policy. As described in the bulletin, work has since been ongoing between myself as the nominated staff side Trade Union lead and Craig Harman as the management lead to resolve the issues at the end of shifts for frontline operational crews in particular late finishes after having a rest break. From the…

Pay Claim Update & Survey

In September UNISON, along with the other NHS trade unions, submitted a claim for a pay award that matches inflation plus an extra £800 for all staff. We also asked the government for extra funding so we can change the NHS pay system to make it better and fairer. As a result we are now in detailed talks with employers and government. So we thought this would be the perfect…

NHS pay – UNISON response to Budget

Government announces additional funding for NHS pay In the Budget on 22 November 2017 the Chancellor confirmed additional funding could be made available for NHS pay for 2018/19. This is a marked change from Government position in previous years, where a 1% absolute cap was announced in advance and artificially constrained each pay round. However, they have also announced that additional funding will be contingent on agreement with the NHS…

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

Joint Union Notice – NQP Fast Track Position Sept 2017

1 September 2017 Newly Qualified Paramedic Update In December 2016, employers and trade unions signed up to a new national agreement to move paramedics into Agenda for Change band 6. Part of this agreement was to create a Newly Qualified Paramedic (NQP) role with the implementation date retrospectively applied to all paramedics employed after 1 September 2016. UNISON, GMB and Unite have continued to engage with employers, representing the views…

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…

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…

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