East of England Ambulance Service newsletter

November 2019

Welcome to our new interim secretary

Please join us in welcoming Jess Micallef as interim branch secretary. Bedfordshire lead rep Jess was elected to the vacant post at this month’s activist meeting and will take the helm until the AGM in March.

Jess said: “It’s an honour to be elected to lead the EEAS branch for the next few months.

“I’m looking forward to getting the branch back on its feet and getting us out of regional supervision, improving branch admin and communications with out members.

“I’ll be working with our other elected reps to get more people involved in running our UNISON branch so that we can develop new activists to work in partnership with the Trust and get the best deal for you and other members.”

Annual General Meeting 2020

In the run-up to the AGM in March you’ll be able to vote for a new branch secretary, reps and other officers responsible for running your union over the next year.

Keep an eye out for more information in the post before Christmas with information on how to stand, the AGM and the elections.

Please make sure you keep your details up to date on My UNISON
https://www.unison.org.uk/my-unison/ so that you can take part.

Who does what?

Diaries now in stock
Your local reps should have dropped off some of the 2020 diaries by now, but if you haven’t received yours please get in touch with the branch

Mental health matters
You will have heard the sad news
https://eastern.unison.org.uk/news/2019/11/unison-pushes-mental-health-support-ambulance-service-deaths/ about a number of recent deaths at the Trust.

All our thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues of those who have lost their lives.

UNISON has been working with the Trust to ensure you have the right support at work. If you have any concerns please get in touch.

Blue Light mental health support

Pensions update
The government has accepted the recent McCloud and Sargeant judgment
https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/supreme-court-ruling-mccloud-and-sargeant on firefighters’ and judges’ pensions and is considering how this applies to other public-sector pension schemes.

Workers who have been discriminated against due to age will be due some financial recompense.

UNISON and other health unions have received a “letter of comfort” from the Department of Health that there will be a centralised scheme for sorting it all out and UNISON won’t have to put in individual claims to get members whatever they are due.

Problems with HR
There are continuing problems with the Trust’s Human Resources department, especially related to personnel turnover.

Reps are doing all they can to keep working with HR despite these difficulties but we thank you for your patience.

Health and safety: New ambulances
We’ve received a number of concerns about the roll-out of the new Fiat ambulances and the level of health and safety training you’re receiving before taking them out.

UNISON is pushing for more consistent training before crews are expected to use the new ambulances to make sure you can operate the new vehicles safely.

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