UPDATE YOUR DETAILS PRIZE DRAW

UNISON and the London Ambulance Branch want to make sure we have all our members details up to date. We know staff move around the service, particularly road staff in the early years and we want to ensure we hold the correct details. We are also regulated by the new GDPR and the trade union act and as a result we want all our members to complete the update form…

Emergency Services Show 2019

Last month, LAS UNISON Branch Health & Safety Officer Paul Stewart and Branch Communications Officer Rob Sydney travelled up to Birmingham to visit the Emergency Services Show. On display at this year’s show were over 300 manufacturers and suppliers with a wide range of vehicles and equipment for all emergency services. However, there was one particular vehicle we were keen to see. The new National Ambulance Specification vehicle. Despite objections…

NHSE reviewing patient transport contracting after string of failures

NHS England has ordered a review into the cost of patient transport services and the way they are commissioned, following a string of market failures. Simon Stevens last week told the Healthwatch annual conference in Birmingham that the probe, expected to last a year, would act on concerns raised by patients. Clinical commissioning groups commission the bulk of non-emergency patient transport, with trusts sometimes organising extra capacity. However, many CCGs…

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…

Update on EAC banding

A partnership bulletin between the LAS & UNISON has been released on the EAC banding: As advised previously, an updated job description for Emergency Ambulance Crew was recently evaluated by our job evaluation panel, who recommended re-evaluating this to a band 5 role. As a result, all current EACs will be transitioned to a band 5 role and will receive the band 5 salary in September’s pay, backdated to 1…

Peter Hannell

National Labour Link Committee

Election of Greater London Regional Seat Why we nominated our branch rep Pete Hannell in UNISON London Labour Link elections: Pete is a longstanding trade union activist and defender of the NHS. He has helped 100’s of branch members over the years. We want more rank and file union members such as Pete representing UNISON at the highest levels of the Labour Party. He is committed to fight for increased…

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:…

Young Members Officer

Your young members’ officer is there to work with other branch officers, and to act as an organiser, recruiting and encouraging participation by young workers. They will also play a big part in setting up activities with the branch on issues relevant to young workers. UNISON has around 63,000 young members. If you are a UNISON member and under 27 years of age, you are automatically entitled to participate as…

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