Proposals to resolve ambulance dispute announced

18 Jan

Proposals to end the long-standing dispute in the Scottish Ambulance Service over staff working time have been agreed.

This afternoon in the Scottish Parliament, Cabinet Secretary for Health & Wellbeing Nicola Sturgeon announced details of new arrangements following protracted negotiations between the joint trade unions, the Scottish Ambulance Service and Scottish Government representatives for the Health sector (see appendix for joint trade union statement).

The raft of new measures will now be carried forward with a view to ending an eight year stand-off over the issue of 2.5 hours a week unpaid working time caused by the 2004 Agenda for Change (AfC).

Unite Scottish Secretary Pat Rafferty said, “Our members in the Scottish ambulance service have worked long and hard to ensure a satisfactory conclusion to this sensitive issue. Today’s developments are a step in the right direction and a reflection of their total dedication to this essential public service.

These proposals benefit both patients and staff, helping to deliver the best service possible for the public and moving towards a resolution on working-time that the workforce have long campaigned for.

We also welcome the positive participation of the Scottish Government over the last week.  Moving forward we call on the Health Secretary to build-on today’s developments and to keep working with the trade unions, ensuring our ambulance service receives the necessary investment and resources to meet future demand.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors: For further information please contact Unite Convenor in the Scottish Ambulance Service John Gallagher on 07789923749 & Peter Welsh in the Unite Scotland Campaigns Unit on 07810157931.

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