We have been the only union taking action over the issue of paramedic banding within NWAS. Yesterday we found out the the Unite branch sec had volunteered to cover the Liverpool games throughout December. When challenged, at the joint staff side today, he said it was his individual choice and that his branch supported him in this. I find it unbelievable that a branch that claimed 99% of members were in favour of taking action, over the para banding, to now support his action. Unison officials also expressed their concerns that fellow trade unionists would behave in such a divisive manner and have agreed to discuss the banding issue further when their branch meets next week. Unite in the end said that they would carry out an indicative ballot of members to ascertain members wishes. However, the branch secretary will continue to cover external events on overtime, so no support from him then
NHS Staff have now received their pay increase and back pay. ‘Disappointed’ is just one of the many feelings which have been expressed by loyal and dedicated NHS Staff who have already endured almost a decade of real terms pay cuts. GMB said #ItsANoFromUs from the beginning. The three year pay award was very complex, affected individuals differently and would be below forecast inflation over the next three years, resulting in this being another three years of real terms pay cuts. GMB was outvoted and the pay award was therefore imposed. The governments anti trade union laws restricted us from being able to pursue industrial action at this time. However, GMB National NHS and Ambulance Service Reps committed that the GMB NHS Pay Campaign would not stop and we would continue to call on the government for more funding for NHS Pay. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey on the link below and tell us what your main concerns are and what you think the GMB focus should be. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZBD6KKPhttp://www.gmbnorthwest.co.uk/news/gmb-trade-union-nhs-pay-campaign-update-survey
A number of the Branch Executive, meeting up with Jonathan Ashworth, Shadow Secretary of State for Health, regarding the ongoing paramedic dispute. 13 years is Long enough, we are determined to get this issue resolved.
The Protect the Protectors Bill becomes law today. GMB's Paul Turner spoke to Sky News earlier today about violence and disrespect towards ambulance workers. GMB played a crucial role in introducing the new legislation and securing an amendment that means offenders who sexually assault emergency service workers should also face tougher penalties.
Industrial Action Update At our branch meeting held on Monday the proposal we had discussed with management and acas was rejected and instead the following GMB position was agreed: 1. We remain in dispute. 2. Strike action will be suspended at least until our next branch meeting on 17th October. 3. We will serve notice for an additional 4 weeks of strike action starting at the beginning of November. 4. A decision will be taken at the October branch meeting whether to continue with action and/or re-ballot members for further industrial action beyond 25thNovember. 5. Action short of strike (overtime ban and no external event cover) will continue as previously notified ending at 20.00 hrs on Monday 29th October The branch last night acknowledged the progress we had made on an agreement for an investigation, but felt we hadn’t made sufficient moves towards addressing the substantive issue of the evaluation process itself. Notice of upcoming branch meetings will be circulated in the normal way. Thank you for your ongoing support
Branch meeting A Branch meeting has been arranged to discus the ongoing talks and planned industrial action going forward. The meeting will be held at Buckley Hill Station, Buckley Hill Lane, Netherton, Liverpool, L29 1YB. Commencing at 1930 on Monday 10th September 2018. Please make every effort to attend.
PARAMEDIC STRIKE ACTION PUT ON HOLD TO ALLOW FURTHER TALKS TO TAKE PLACE Planned strike action by Paramedics over the next three weekends has been suspended to allow talks between GMB and North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) to continue. Last weekend’s strike action was cancelled after exploratory discussions had taken place between GMB negotiators end employer representatives with the assistance of ACAS. Further meetings have taken place this week and both sides recognise that progress has been made. GMB Organiser Mike Buoey said “After consulting our members again at another branch meeting, we have agreed to suspend the strike action that was due to take place over the next 3 weekends. Whilst there is still a lot of work to do, we are satisfied that progress is being made and we feel it appropriate to give ourselves some space to try and resolve the dispute in the best interests of our members. Further meetings with the employer and ACAS have been arranged over the next two weeks.
At tonight’s branch meeting it was agreed to suspend further strike action for a period of 3 weeks to allow the discussions with ACAS and NWAS to continue. The ongoing continuous action short of strike will continue in the form of no external event cover and the weekend overtime ban from 1800 Friday to 2000 Monday until further notice. Thanking you for your continued support GMB branch executive
This evenings meeting is to discus the ongoing talks and planned industrial action going forward. The meeting will be held at Buckley Hill Station, Buckley Hill Lane, Netherton, Liverpool, L29 1YB. Commencing at 1930 Please make every effort to attend.
A Branch meeting has been arranged to discus the ongoing talks and planned industrial action going forward. The meeting will be held at Buckley Hill Station, Buckley Hill Lane, Netherton, Liverpool, L29 1YB. Commencing at 1930 on Thursday 30 August 2018. Please make every effort to attend.