Ballot papers have been arriving on our members doorsteps.....please please fill them in...we need to know what our membership want us to do....ranting on sacial media is not an official medium for action....we need the numbers....we need the membership support. If you havnt had one contact the lincoln office and ensure you get one sent out....you have until the 8th of August to return them
Posted: 15th July 2018
On friday we were made aware of a potential outsourcing of the logistics and medicines management function within the trust. The GMB stance, both locally and nationally is against any form of privatisation within the NHS for any function but particularly one as important to the front line delivery of services as this. Outsourcing has never worked....ask the employees of carillion how succesful it is...time and time again privateers have taken over contracts in all walks of life only to either hans them back (virgintrains east coast) or to lose them completely (Derbys PTS contract). It is an excuse for someone to make a quick buck, fail and pass the mess back to be solved by others....it is unnaceptable and coyld end up costing the trust more in the future if they had to take this functikn back in house. What was very dissapponting was that the meeting that had been arranged for friday at Alfreton, we only received an invite for on friday morning. This is clearly not partnership working on the part of the logistics management team. We were told, however, that outsourcing is just one option being considered and that in-house options are also being considered. We will be asking to meet with trust management and we will be making it clear that an in-house solution should be the preferred outcome.
Posted: 15th July 2018
*Update on the GMB rejection of the NHS pay deal* We have now heard from our officers about the consultative ballot that GMB intend to run to find out the strength of feeling amongst members re action over the offer. The ballot will run from monday 9th of july to wednesday 8th of August. Following this there will be a meeting of all NHS and Ambulance service leads and regional officers in london on the 9th of August to discuss the results and where those results will lead us. Each workplace will be given a code which regional organisers will hold...the reason for this is to gain an understanding of where the strength of feeling actually is. The workplace database has been updated by our national officers and made available to all regions. A communication will be going out to all members across the ambulance services and NHS organisations from national office which will give more detail re the ballot timeline. Please remember if you have not done so can you ensure the regional office in lincoln (google it) have your up to date home and e mail addresses. Bear in mind this is a consultative ballot not an ERS ballot, the rules for which are different Thank you
Posted: 28th June 2018
As posted last week EMAS GMB Lead Tony Davies attended a joint National Ambulance/NHS Committee meeting at GMB headquarters in London. This meeting was to discuss our next moves in the current pay dispute. Our national officer gave an update on the ballot return figures for the GMB which was 34% of ballot papers returned.....87% voted against the deal (put into context the RCN only had an 18% return rate)......out of our ambulance service membership (11000 out of a total membership of 45000 within the NHS) we had a return rate of approx 45% with a 91% rejection. Our national officer made it clear that these numbers would not produce the required numbers for any industrial action. All the regional officers and leads from across the country, however, were fully in favour of some sort of action and so a number of actions were decided The GMB will conduct an indicative ballot of all its NHS members to find out what they want us to do next......the details of the questions to me asked is to be confirmed over the next few days. This will then come out to the regions to organise the ballot. At present we don’t know how we will do this. An indicative ballot is exactly that.....our members will indicate to us what action they want to take e.g full strike, action short of a strike, OT ban etc. We can’t currently give a timeline but will update when we can. As part of this ballot we MAY be ballotting our ambulance service members separately to gauge strength of feeling.....this has yet to be decided. Other actions that are currently ongoing at the moment We will write to the pay review body, Secretary of State for health and to parliament and inform them of our objections to this offer. Our national officer will attend the staff council meeting next week to inform them officially of our rejection of the offer. We have already started lobbying MPs in parliament with our reasons for rejection of this deal. Our national officers will be holding a briefing session for MPs who have already expressed support for us. We will be stepping up our media campaign making the press and public aware of how this divisive offer is actually another real terms pay cut over 3 years and simply does not compensate us for the work that we are doing on a day to day basis. At a local level we would urge all our members to ensure that their contact details are up to date with our office in Lincoln.....the number is on the GMB website under ‘contact us’ Just to remind all members we need a 50% return of ballot papers with a 40% vote in favour to take industrial action...this is now part of the trade union bill 2016 and is non negotiable. Any other updates will be be posted when we have them
Posted: 19th June 2018
Just leaving this here....clearly what they think of us
Posted: 18th June 2018
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Posted: 14th June 2018
GMB lead Tony Davies will be attending an extraordinary meeting of both the GMB national ambulance and NHS committees on friday to discuss the next steps over the rejected NHS pay deal by GMB members throughout the NHS. Hopefully, at this meeting, we will find out the level of turnout for members who returned their ballot papers and also what ideas our national officers and national executive have going forward. He will be asking questions specific to the ambulance service as im sure other leads will be asking questions specific to their workplace.....we will update when we can Thank you
Posted: 14th June 2018
The relief SOP is the last of the ‘dreaded 5’ to finally be sorted.....it has been in discussion for over 4 years and we held a meeting yesterday to make some amendments. The trust have gone away to rewrite it. The major change is to remove the title ‘pool relief’ and just refer to relief. Effectively this means that if you work a rota that has relief in it (whether that be a managed rota or self managed rota) you can be given a relief shift at any station within a 25 mile radius of your base station if there are no shifts to cover on your own station first.........if this will affect you could you please e mail Anthony.email@example.com with your comments
Posted: 8th June 2018
A big thank you . . for taking time out of your week to complete this Health, Wellbeing and Culture questionnaire!
Posted: 7th June 2018
Good result for the NHS Pay Deal Ballot
Posted: 6th June 2018
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Posted: 5th June 2018
Showing our support at #GMBCongress2018 for #ShowRacismTheRedCard https://twitter.com/gedgrebby/status/1003686146159841282?s=21
Posted: 4th June 2018
Voting slips should now be in the post. Anyone who loses their slip, or doesn’t receive one, you need to ring the GMB Lincoln Office, on 01522 525579 and confirm your membership number and address.
Posted: 23rd May 2018
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Posted: 17th May 2018
**** BALLOT TIME 🗳 **** Can we remind all members your NHS Pay Deal ballot will be arriving shortly via post. It’s important you cast your vote 🗳 and send it back to us to ensure we are heard! A reminder that GMB are advising rejection of this offer! Any question? Please comment below!
Posted: 17th May 2018
With Sadness We as Branch would like to share our deepest sorrow at the passing of our beloved friend and colleague Mr Simon C Todd. Simon was at the very heart of GMB@EMAS, he did immeasurable amounts of work to not only raise the profile of our Branch and Trade Union but also to spearhead the ever-evolving need for improving employer/employee relations. Simon was never short of a word, never far from a joke and always a man who added sense of value and purpose to any meeting or function he attended. Simon was also a good friend to many of us outside of work, he enjoyed his social life and love of music, especially his beloved Status Quo wherever he is now he is sure to be Rocking All Over the World. Along with the Trust we will be an integral part of his funeral, but our thoughts now should be with his wife Christine who has been so brave and so beautifully dignified in the past few days, we all revere in her courage. The love of a wife is echoed thousands of times over by us all, therewas only one Simon C Todd and he was part of the EMAS/GMB family and always will be. Please feel free to share your comments and thoughts with us, let us celebrate a wonderful man whilst we collectively grieve together. We send you our love “Toddy” you are missed now and forever. We love you Brother x
Posted: 4th May 2018