𝗔𝗺𝗯𝘂𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗳𝗳 𝗶𝗻 𝗡𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗻 𝗜𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗲𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗽𝗮𝘆 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝘀𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗨𝗡𝗜𝗦𝗢𝗡.
Good news for hard pressed ambulance staff in County Down and across Northern Ireland.
Hundreds of ambulance workers in Northern Ireland are to receive a pay rise amounting to several thousand pounds each, following an extensive period of campaigning and negotiation by UNISON writes Kevin McAteer.
Members of the union voted overwhelmingly to accept the pay offer from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service HSC Trust, which will be backdated to the beginning of 2017.
The change affects emergency medical technicians (EMT), paramedics and rapid response paramedics (RRP) who see their pay bands upgraded within the Agenda for Change pay structure.EMTs will move from band four to five, while paramedics and RRPs will move from band five to six.
The changes pay will benefit the affected ambulance staff to the tune of £7 million, including the backdated payments.
UNISON’s head of bargaining Anne Speed said: “Ambulance staff are at the heart of delivering care to patients and their families. “They fully deserve respect and recognition for all they do – every day of the week, 24 hours a day. Hundreds of our members have been waiting for quite some time for this pay banding improvement.”
UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This pay rise will make a real difference to ambulance workers, recognising their skills and experience.
“It’s the second big victory this year for UNISON in Northern Ireland after NHS workers were given pay parity with staff in other parts of the UK. Congratulations are due for securing this latest agreement.”