Joint statement from EEAST and UNISON on holiday pay

Joint statement from EEAST and UNISON on holiday pay   A national framework agreement has been agreed between employers and NHS trade unions in the context of ongoing litigation regarding the calculation of the payment which staff receive during a period of annual leave. A recent legal case found that staff may not have been […]

Nomination of UNISON branch Chair election.

Nomination of UNISON branch Chair election.   Thanks to all UNISON members in the EEAST branch that voted in the branch election prior to the 2020 branch AGM. The post of branch chair was elected by member ballot that closed at 5pm on Friday 28th February 2020. Following the count of the votes Mike Hill […]

Drivers responsibilities

Drivers Responsibilities   The Mandatory Roadworthy Checks (MRCs) are what the drivers of vehicles in the UK are legally required to carry out before they take their vehicle onto the highway. The Vehicles Daily Inspections (VDIs) are the corporate checks that employers require their employees to carryout in order to confirm that the vehicle has […]

PTS Stretcher guidance

Patient transport service staff (PTS) It has been brought to our attention within UNISON that some controllers have requested walking patients or escorts use the stretcher as a seat when they have no clinical need. Further there have been reports that members of staff have been asked to use the stretcher in order to increase […]

Meal break guidance for PTS Staff

Please see the guidance for patient transport service staff who have questioned their meal breaks. UNISONS position is that all staff should be getting a break and the best way to do this is organise this with control. For information 1. There is no pts meal break policy within the trust. 2. There is a […]

New Fiat training survey

New Fiat Training Survey   The EEAST UNISON branch have produced a survey to capture information and confirm how the training for the use of the New Fiat Ambulances has been delivered.   Please go to the survey here. This survey will close on 14th Feb 2020.   Following the roll out of the new […]

Fiat Ambulance Emergency Lights and Sirens

Fiat Ambulance Emergency Lights and Sirens Concerns have been raised about the visual and audible warnings that have been included in the specification for the new Fiat ambulance, in particular relating to the type of emergency blue lights and the siren which is manufactured by a different company to the one installed on the Mercedes […]

December 2019 Newsletter

We’re going on the front foot – a message from Jess Micallef It was great to see so many reps turn up for our December activist forum, all committed to getting stuck in, building UNISON and standing up for East of England Ambulance Service employees. UNISON national ambulance officer Colm Porter joined us to talk […]

Ensuring the Principles of the Newly Qualified Paramedic Consolidation of Learning Programme are upheld.

UNISON working with EEAST under the disputes resolution process to ensure thePrinciples of the Newly Qualified Paramedic Consolidation of Learning Programmeare upheld.   UNISON have been made aware that a number of Newly Qualified Paramedics have some concerns that the national framework for the NQP preceptorship very clearly states that the progression from band 5 […]

CCTV on Ambulances

Concerns have been raised that the safety cameras being installed on the ambulances will be recording all the time that the engine is switched. As far as I am aware the system will be working in the same manner as dash-cams which means that there will be a continual loop of what is being viewed. […]