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

The LAS UNISON Branch is pleased to announce we have our first ever 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.   My name is Dale Barnes and I am…

We need a maximum safe working temperature

UNISON backs Labour plans to legislate on excessive heat in the workplace UNISON has welcomed Labour’s pledge to legislate for a maximum safe working temperature, with legal safeguards to help workers stay cool. The party revealed plans today for changes to law recruiting employer to put effective measures in place if the workplace temperature gets above 30˚ Celsius – or 27˚C for those doing strenuous work. Those measures could include…

EAC – Band 5 Job Evaluation

We have again today written to the LAS management to request progress on the resolution of the disparity between the EAC current pay band and the result of the Job Evaluation panel that took place last week. As we wrote back in April we have been campaigning to the LAS management for some time that the development of the EAC role since its inception has got to a point that…

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…

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