Unite Statement on Scottish Ambulance Service

27 Jul

Unite the Union has today (27 July) issued a clarifying statement in advance of a scheduled meeting and ongoing talks with Scottish Ambulance Service and representatives of the Scottish Government.

Unite who represent the majority of operation staff in the Scottish Ambulance Service remain fully committed to resolving an extremely complex set of challenges including a reduction of the working week and meal breaks.

Prior to the introduction of Agenda for Change (National terms and Conditions for all NHS staff in the UK) in 2004 our members in the Scottish Ambulance Service worked a 40 hour week (inclusive of meal breaks). Agenda for Change introduced a 37.5 hour week exclusive of meal breaks for all NHS staff. An unpaid period was introduced in the Scottish Ambulance Service during each duty period (i.e. shift) to facilitate the reduction of the working week. The ‘unpaid period’ is now being referred to in the press as a ‘meal break’.

Unite Scottish Secretary, Pat Rafferty:

 “Unite represents the majority of operation staff in the Scottish Ambulance Service. It is for this reason why we have become concerned about ongoing and very sensitive negotiations being played out in the press in advance of scheduled meetings with the Scottish Ambulance Service and representatives of the Scottish Government.”

 “It is vital to state that we have been, and remain, fully committed to a negotiated agreement and hope that we can find a resolution in the interests of the staff, and, importantly the public.”

 Unite Convenor, John Gallacher:

 “Unite welcomes the opportunity for continued dialogue with the Scottish Ambulance Service and representatives of the Scottish Government to continue working jointly towards a resolution of this complex matter.”

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Contact John Gallacher on 07789 923749 – Unite Convenor for Scottish Ambulance Service.

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