UNISON has welcomed the salary re-banding for ambulance paramedics and technicians in Scotland as a positive move for the future of the ambulance service in Scotland.
Almost 2,600 clinicians will be moving to higher pay bands with updated job descriptions that better reflect the changing nature of modern technicians and paramedic jobs.
UNISON agreed new job descriptions with the employers before going through an independent evaluation process which resulted in banding increases.
Stevie Gilroy, UNISON branch secretary, said “UNISON is proud to represent paramedics and technicians, as a paramedic myself I know how hard the job is, as pressures on us increase. So this recognition is greatly welcome. It goes without saying that ambulance staff play a crucial role in the emergency treatment of patients and the skills and knowledge required to do the job has increased. This agreement ensures ambulance staff are properly rewarded for the job they do, it reflects the changing nature of the job and helps to ensure it is a profession people want to join”
Stevie was at pains to point out that whilst “at a UK level negotiations concentrated on paramedics, in Scotland the role of the ambulance technician has also expanded and grown and has been operating at a level well beyond the pay grade and has been of equal if not more significance for UNISON ”
Liam Boylan, UNISON branch chair said “this can only been seen is a positive move and will help all our joint discussions to continues to modernise the service. However we should not forget that staff are just part of what is required continued investment in equipment and vehicles is essential, as is indeed efficient working process. UNISON has led three years of negotiations at both a national local level to get the recognition both ambulance paramedics and technicians deserve. We have only been able to achieve what he have by the unions working together with employers as positively and constructively as we can.”