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GMB CONTINGENT INDEMNITY INSURANCE FOR HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE MEMBERS
GMB trade union cover for members working in health care in both NHS and Private Sector. Employers providing health care have a duty of care and vicariously liable for the actions of their employees. GMB expects that any NHS authority or employer in the health and care industry would use their own liability policy to defend their employees. The GMB policy provides GMB members with Contingent Indeminity cover, which would be used to protect you from your employer's failings....
GMB PARAMEDICS PLANNED STRIKE ACTION TO BE SUSPENDED FOR A FURTHER THREE WEEKS
Talks have been ongoing with the employer and ACAS which have resulted in an agreement to have an independent investigation into the reasons for the delayed evaluation of the role dating back to 2004. Ourselves and NWAS have drafted what we both believe are the timelines or sequence of events over the last 13 years that have led to the current situation. Both documents will now be merged and agreed as a source of information for the investigation. Further meetings are planned over the next couple of weeks to agree the scope of the investigation and agree the questions which we would like the investigator to answer. As these talks are taking place the Branch have agreed, at last night’s meeting, to suspend the planned strike action for a period of a further three weeks to allow for further progress. The planned continuous action of no external event cover and the overtime ban between 1800 Fridays to 2000 on Monday will continue at the moment but may be reviewed in future. The branch has also asked that we become involved in a review of the terms of reference for the planned JE in October to ensure it properly reflects the original “option 1”. This may be slightly more difficult as all signatories to those terms of reference will need to agree any alterations but we will of course update you of any further developments as they happen.  ...
PARAMEDIC STRIKE ACTION PUT ON HOLD FOR ONE WEEK TO ALLOW TALKS TO TAKE PLACE
Planned strike action this coming weekend by Paramedics has been suspended to allow talks between GMB and North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) to continue.   Two meetings have taken place in the last few days, with the involvement of ACAS, to try and address the long running dispute over job evaluation.   GMB Paramedics have been on strike over the past 7 weeks and are due to continue to strike each weekend for 26 hours starting at 6.00 am each Saturday until the end of October.   GMB Organiser Mike Buoey said “After consulting our members at a branch meeting, we have agreed to postpone this weekend’s strike action and will be having further meetings with the employer and ACAS next week. Whilst it is early days we are hopeful these exploratory talks may prove fruitful and help us address the concerns of our members. We will be having a further branch meeting to consider the next steps”. An on-going overtime ban and withdrawal of event cover will remain in place.    ...
ARCO serve notice on GMB trade union to de-recognise the union at their workplace
ARCO served the notice to de-recognise the GMB trade union, following the knowledge of ballot returns and then canvassed the workforce asking if they wanted the GMB to represent them.   ARCO and The GMB Trade Union have held long established industrial relations, a joint recognition agreement has been in place since 2012, and historically between CCM LTD which existed prior to this back in 1993. Over recent years the style of management has become aggressive and many of our members have suffered disciplinary action as a result. They have been taken to CAC on more than one occasion and as a result of this years pay negotiations and the members rejection via an ERS ballot the company then used the figures returned and canvassed the workforce as to whether they wish The GMB Trade Union to remain as their negotiating body. Karen Lewis, Regional Officer says,"This is nothing more than bully boy tactics meant to intimidate and put fear amongst those less able to speak up for themselves, we ask for support from those companies such as BAE Systems who ARCO incorporate the logos for to put pressure on ARCO to change their minds and return to the table to discuss an amicable way to continue with our industrial relations and retain the recognition agreement, without which terms and conditions can be driven down and pay rises in line with RPi will become a thing of the past ". There is also a site at Hull and Blackburn. The company employs approx 139 employees of mixed race and ethnicity.   The GMB union members will demonstrate at the company offices in Preston on Wednesday 29 August 2018 between 12 & 2pm, urging management to come to the table on this issue.                                                                                                                                                ...
GMB NWAS Paramedics Strike Update Thursday, 16 August 2018
As you know the GMB is in dispute with the employers over the legacy paramedic JE review and we are calling for all GMB members who carry out the role of paramedic to take strike action which will commence on Saturday 18th August at 6am and will continue throughout until 8am on Sunday 19th August 2018. This dispute affects only those GMB members who were HCPC registered as paramedics before 31 August 2016 and does not include NQPs since their introduction in September 2016. We are not asking other groups of staff who may be qualified paramedics but have different substantive roles to join this action i.e. SPTLs, AP, CP, OM or sector managers. The strike action will be for a full, continuous period of 26 hours and will affect either day, night or, late/link shifts of those individuals involved in the dispute. GMB Paramedics will not cover overtime from Friday 17th August at 6pm until Monday 20th 8pm. The no cover for all external events will remain as continuous action from 6th June 2018 until further notice. This call for action follows a full lawful ballot of our paramedic membership in which 84.5% stated they were prepared to take strike action on this issue. We are therefore expecting full support for this call to action. If you experience any problems on the day, please do not hesitate to contact your GMB representative.  ...
GMB - CONSULTATIVE BALLOT RESULT on NHS Pay Campaign August 2018
Thank you to all GMB members who used their vote in the recent consultative ballot as a part of the GMB NHS Pay campaign.   The government’s anti-trade union laws, specifically the new Trade Union Act, has made it extremely difficult for trade unions to meet high thresholds of allot turnout requirements. As this was a consultative ballot only, we used the legislation requirements as the test and the relevant ballot thresholds have not been met. Therefore, on this occasion we are unable to trigger a formal industrial action ballot.   However, the message from GMB members is loud and clear - we must continue to campaign for more funding for NHS Pay. GMB members have used the recent ballot process to communicate with reps on the ground to convey their huge disappointment in this pay award and how let down they feel by a government who promised them so much more.   A joint meeting between GMB National NHS and Ambulance Service reps and officers took place on Thursday 9th August and all overwhelmingly agreed that the GMB campaign does not stop here. As promised to members, GMB will continue to call on the government to increase funding into the NHS for pay.   It is important that all GMB members have their say on NHS pay – what do you want to see your Union do next?   Over the coming months you will have the opportunity to get involved in local GMB events as a part of the campaign so keep an eye out for newsletters and speak to your local reps.   Do you want to get involved with the campaigns in your workplace or region? Do you want to be a GMB Rep? Email NHS@gmb.org.uk   Pass this onto a non-union member today and ask them to join GMB, the union campaigning for NHS Staff – www.gmb.org.uk/join  ...
GMB Ambulance Branch secretary, Steve Rice, reply to letter sent out by Intermin Chief Executive
Some of you may have received a letter today from the interim chief executive, in which he outlines his beliefs regarding the current dispute. Let me correct some of the factual inaccuracy contained in that letter;   1. The role of the paramedic has been evaluated nationally, yes it was during 2015/16 it was evaluated as pay band 6 and all paramedics went onto that band in 2017. What he fails to say is that the four legacy paramedic jobs were all matched to a band 5 locally by each trust in early 2005. The unions representing those staff applied for a review of that job match along with a number of other staff within each trust in that year and we still await this to be done.   2. The panel did sit in 2017 and evaluated the four JAQs that had all been previously analysed and we awaited the consistency check, it was this Trust that intervened to stop this happening as it claims to have identified errors in the process. That error being that the panel failed to check the factor to factor score against the national profiles. All the national profiles are contained in a large file that was placed on a desk to be available on the day. The Trust claim that this was never opened as it had not been moved. What they fail to tell you is that the panel on the day had the NHS staff council advisor on JE present to oversee the process, that person has never been heard of since but would know if the process was carried out correctly or not.   3. He is correct that we did agree along with the other two unions that the panel should come back and look in the book, this was agreed at the joint staff side meeting in February which unanimously agreed that if the trust did not agree to this all three unions would conduct indicative ballots of their respective membership. The trust did not agree to this and the GMB carried out this ballot, you the members told us you had now no confidence in the process and wish to take action on the issue.   4. He states that they consider it important that the evaluation is carried out under nationally agreed procedures and that the unions would hold them to account if it weren’t. he is correct we would and did over the heads of service JE that was done by way of a desk top which resulted in a massive uplift in pay. When we challenged the process then, it made no difference, in fact his answer was evaluation, review, check its all the same. His attitude has changed a lot since then. The GMB have remained of the view that this Trust cannot be objective when it comes to fair and transparent job evaluations and this is the reason we have pulled out of the local process ever since.   5. The offer of an independent review carried out by ACAS is only if we accept and sign up to the new terms of reference that have been agreed with the other two unions. That would mean we would need to ignore our members views of the confidence or not they have in that process and quietly await the outcome sometime in November. Those terms of reference are not explicit enough on the issue of “option one” and call for a full evaluation to be carried out.   We too are committed to finding a resolution to this dispute and believe that can only be achieved by an independent investigation and evaluation. We will carry on campaigning on your behalf to achieve this unless you our members tell us differently.   Thank you for your continued support Steve Rice   GMB Branch secretary      ...
GMB Ambulance trade union strike update for all paramedics across North West Ambulance Service
As you know the GMB is in dispute with the employers over the legacy paramedic JE review and we are calling for all GMB members who carry out the role of paramedic to take strike action which will commence on Saturday 11th August at 6am and will continue throughout until 8am on Sunday 12th August 2018.   This dispute affects only those GMB members who were HCPC registered as paramedics before 31 August 2016 and does not include NQPs since their introduction in September 2016.   We are not asking other groups of staff who may be qualified paramedics but have different substantive roles to join this action i.e. SPTLs, AP, CP, OM or sector managers.   The strike action will be for a full, continuous period of 26 hours and will affect either day, night or, late/link shifts of those individuals involved in the dispute.   GMB Paramedics will not cover overtime from Friday 10th August at 6pm until Monday 13th 8pm. The no cover for all external events will remain as continuous action from 6th June 2018 until further notice.   This call for action follows a full lawful ballot of our paramedic membership in which 84.5% stated they were prepared to take strike action on this issue. We are therefore expecting full support for this call to action.   If you experience any problems on the day, please do not hesitate to contact your GMB representative. Thanks for your continuous support.   Branch Executive    ...
GMB Ambulance Trade Union Voice Newsletter Update 7 August 2018
Paramedic Dispute   We were invited to a meeting with the interim CEO and the chair of the Trust.   The invite followed our request for a meeting early last week and the intervention of the deputy director of opps on Friday suggesting they were looking to resolve the dispute.   At the meeting it was clear that the Trust see the only resolution to be via the new JEG Evaluation they have agreed with the other two unions. They did express concerns that our members were losing money that would be better spent buying their children ice cream but were not willing to move on our request for an independent investigation or evaluation.   They did, however, say they would discuss the issues between themselves and respond accordingly. Today we have received that response which is that if we agree to the process being completed under the current terms of reference, they will be willing to commission ACAS to review what went wrong between 2004- 2018 so it doesn’t happen to anyone else in the future.   That will not happen because we are the only group of NHS staff not to have been afforded the opportunity of having our role reviewed under the JE scheme. No one else has waited nor will wait this length of time for that to happen.   It is clear that they are hoping our members will become increasingly frustrated with the lack of movement from senior managers and the deductions from salary.   They obviously underestimate our members who may have become frustrated but this is purely due to the lack of a proper and fair evaluation of their role, as it was in 2004. They will not now settle for less, they will demand that the wrong is righted and those responsible for that wrong to be brought to task.   This is why they are taking the current action and will continue to do so until they get the justice they deserve. It really isn’t about being able to afford ice cream for the kids. It’s about being paid what you are worth.   It’s about not being discriminated against because you haven’t been to university. It’s about the founding principles of the NHS Job Evaluation Scheme which is; equal pay for work of equal value.   But mostly it’s about just how much this Trust values their paramedic staff. The planned action for this weekend will be going ahead with strike action starting at 0600 on Saturday 11th August through to 0800 on Sunday 12th August 2018.   GMB paramedics are also not covering external events at all, if you are asked to cover such events as a duty and are involved in this action you can refuse.   We are aware of staff being taken off normal duties to cover these events but this goes against normal working arrangements and the C&M team agreement.   New Rota Proposals Work is still ongoing on what they want to do with the Rota’s. They have made it clear that they would like to review all current shift patterns to match demand.   While we understand the requirements to meet the demand we are also aware of how such changes can affect our members work life balance. Which is why we would be loath to agree changes without proper consultation.   Management have now agreed that this consultation will take place via the normal routes but have told us work is still ongoing and they should be in a position to report back at the end of the month.   They appear to be changing some Rota’s without agreement in the guise of RRV review. They can do this either by individual agreement with the staff concerned, collective agreement with the unions or by giving the statutory notice period. In circumstances were none of the above has happened these changes will need to be challenged.   Please contact your local GMB rep for assistance.   Apprenticeship Pay   The pay for EMT 1 apprentices is set at a percentage of Band 4 for the 13 months training period. After this they go onto band 4 proper, however, the group who should have qualified recently has had their money held back due to paperwork not being completed.   We wrote to the trust to ask why and challenge the decision some weeks ago and still await a written response.   However, we have been made aware that the head of training is looking at the issue and will come back to us this week. We await the answer and will let you know as soon as we get it.   Branch Meeting   Given the ongoing issues both locally and on a national basis two branch meetings have been arranged for the following times and date. We have done this to give as many members the opportunity to attend.   Tuesday 21st August 2018 Time either; 1700 – 1830 1930 – 2100 Buckley Hill Ambulance Station Buckley Hill Lane, Netherton, Liverpool, L29 1YB.   Paramedic Dispute (plan for escalating action) NHS pay proposals (GMB next steps) Any other urgent business previously notified to the branch chair   As there are some very important issues to discuss please make every effort to attend.  ...
Why Paramedics are taking this action
Most people’s jobs are valued in a particular way to determine what that person should earn or be paid. NHS employees are no different, however, NHS Paramedics are being treated somewhat differently by their employer North West Ambulance, because they have made Paramedics wait some 13 years (and they are still waiting) to get their jobs properly evaluated.   They thought they had finally got their wish when an evaluation was finally carried out in June 2017. However, this was pulled at the eleventh hour because NWAS senior managers cried foul. Senior managers within NWAS had met with Directors of NHS employers to see what they could do to stop the process and were successful in persuading the national job evaluation group (JEG) to halt the process. We don’t know why, but suspect they had found out the outcome and it was not what they wanted.   This is why paramedics are now asking for an independent investigation into what has happened and for their role as they were carrying out in 2004 to be independently evaluated by an expert external to the NHS. NWAS, JEG and NHS employers are refusing to listen to our concerns, ACAS have offered conciliation which NWAS have refused and there are no further meetings planned.   During the same period of time senior managers within NWAS have had pay bands uplifted without proper evaluation resulting in massive pay increases. However, when the GMB questioned the process we were told “evaluation, review, check what does it matter” but in the case of paramedics the process was halted because no one opened a book after their evaluation.   The GMB had lost confidence in the job evaluation process within NWAS because of this disregard to process for managerial posts but the way this management have treated their paramedic staff is the final straw. Please show support for your paramedics  ...