Unite Update on Scottish Ambulance Service Talks

1 Aug

Unite the Union today (1 August) can report that a productive meeting took place between the Scottish Ambulance Service, representatives of the Scottish Government and the joint trade unions (Unite, Unison, and GMB).

Unite who represent the majority of operational staff in the Scottish Ambulance Service wish to reiterate that we remain fully committed to resolving an extremely complex set of challenges including a reduction of the working week and meal breaks. Unite would welcome further dialogue as a matter of priority between all relevant parties.

Unite Convenor, John Gallacher:

“Unite held a productive meeting on Friday 29 July with the Scottish Ambulance Service, representatives of the Scottish Government and the joint trade unions. As a result, we remain committed to further dialogue with all parties in an effort to work towards a resolution of this very complex matter. It is essential to reiterate our desire to reach a negotiated agreement at the earliest opportunity in the interests of the staff, and, the public we serve.”

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

Notes:

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’.

 

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