[EEAST] ‘Rejected allegations staff were increasingly facing late finishes to shifts’

 

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‘Staff regularly work 14-hour to 15-hour shifts.’ MP speaks out in support of frontline staff.

‘On late finishes, staff regularly work 14-hour to 15-hour shifts, but no data has been available from the trust to the staff side since February last year. In September, the trust removed the staff support desk, which was there to provide support to staff who were working very long shifts. No data has been made available by the trust to the staff side on “tail breaches”—these very long delays in getting to patients. The trust claims an exemption under FOI. That is symptomatic of a trust that fails to be open with staff representatives and with the public it is supposed to be serving.’

Norman Lamb MP for north NorfolkYou can read the full Hansard record for this adjournment debate here. 

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UNISON late finishes update

UNISON continues to discuss with the Trust the issue of late finishes and we’ve been putting across the views of over 900 staff who completed our recent survey.

We’ve also been talking about other Trusts and have put forwards changes in EEAST, based on measures other Trusts are using to reduce late finishes to better support their staff and protect them from the pressures. Continue reading

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UNISON and EEAST update – Meal breaks

At SPF (Staff Partnership Forum), UNISON brought to the executives attention a concern that some crews have been stood down in shops and/or service stations for their meal breaks and an email was circulated from management that set out this was business as usual.

The Trust has an agreement in place that crews can pick up food en route to their meal break. Continue reading

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UNISON and EEAST update – Holiday Pay

 

At the December SPF (Staff Partnership Forum), the Trust and UNISON agreed, in keeping with a UNISON grievance outcome from October 2016, and a subsequent agreement from AACE (Association of Ambulance Chief Executives) which applies across ambulance sector from June 2017, that the Trust will pay an average (based on the 13 week review period) of incidental overtime while staff are on annual leave. Continue reading

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UNISON and EEAST update over Student Paramedics

 

Following the joint agreement over transitional arrangements for our student Paramedics the Trust and UNISON have continued discussions about ARU11 and agreed that this cohort should also be included in the agreement. Continue reading

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Annual leave pay for UNISON members

UNISON in EEAST continues to support a growing number of our members with Employment Tribunal claims in relation to holiday pay. 

The initial Employment Tribunal (Flowers and others v East of England Ambulance Trust) held that holiday pay must include enforced overtime payments (ie incidental/late finishes). This is to ensure that normal remuneration is included in holiday pay. UNISON has appealed the outcome, as we believe payments while on holiday should also include planned overtime. Continue reading

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