UNISON has commissioned an independent consultancy to review bullying, harassment, discrimination and casework in the East of England Ambulance Service.
Some of the casework we continue to see is harrowing and the Branch Committee recently voted unanimously to bring in the same consultancy that went into the London Ambulance Service to undertake this work.
We have some very good managers in our Trust and their voices need to be heard and empowered. Some of the poor behaviours we continue to see appears to go unchallenged and this must change. We have recently had concerns raised to us that the temporary management structure and rumours of further changes have caused some managers to feel they are not able to speak up – we would encourage all staff and managers to take part in this confidental review.
We will share the results of the review with the Trust and staff as soon as possible, with a view to working in partnership on the recommendations. If necessary, we will campaign for change and seek support from stakeholders.
As part of the review a survey will be circulated to all staff. There will also be the opportunity for confidential 1-2-1 meetings in person – at our UNISON offices in Chelmsford and Bury St Edmunds, or via phone.
The review will open on 16th November and will run until 6th January.
UNISON Branch Secretary
East of England Ambulance Service