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Fri 6 January 2012

Ambulance crews reject payment for rest breaks

Following a ballot, UNISON members in the ambulance service have rejected an offer of payment for working rest breaks.

The result of the ballot was: Accept 35% - Reject 65%

UNISON Scotland organiser David Forbes said:

“This is fundamentally an issue of resourcing. Our members have been consistently telling us they need their uninterrupted rest breaks. They need to be able to switch off for a part of the day in order to deliver the best possible service for patients.

“We will be meeting with the employer on Monday and urging them to ensure that the ambulance service is sufficiently resourced to deliver the excellent service patients require and expect whilst allowing for decent treatment of staff.”


For further info please contact:
David Forbes, Regional Organiser - 07985121397 (mob) / 0131 226 0059 (office)

Note to editors
Previous UNISON Press releases on the dispute can be found here