Ambulance workers reject latest working-time proposals

6 Jan

Ambulance workers have rejected a further offer made by the Scottish Ambulance Service in an effort to resolve a long-standing dispute over working-time.

Members of the Unite trade union were tabled a compulsory one-off payment of £1500, plus a disturbance payment of £100, in place of the previous optional £250 annual payment, to settle the issue of 2.5 hours a week unpaid working time caused by the 2004 Agenda for Change (AfC).

However, 62 per cent of ballot papers returned by Unite members rejected the proposal as it once again fails to properly define the full terms and conditions of their working time.

Unite Scottish Secretary Pat Rafferty said, “The Scottish Ambulance Service and the Scottish Government may feel that long-term problems over working-time can be resolved by a short-term buy-off but the majority of our members think otherwise.  

 This merely papers over the cracks created by AfC in 2004.  Eight years on we are still no closer to resolving the issue of how our members should be paid for increased working-time imposed by AfC.  That’s a failure of management and a failure of successive Scottish Governments, not the workers. 

We have consistently said that this matter can be resolved quickly with an agreement that genuinely clarifies the terms and conditions for this essential service. That remains the position of Unite and our members in the ambulance service.”  

ENDS

Notes to Editors:  For further information please contact Peter Welsh in the Unite Scotland Campaigns Unit on 07810157931.

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