The agreement is a three year deal made up of a 3.75% increase from 1 July 2018, and a further 2.0% increase from 1 July 2019.
Wellington Free Ambulance Chief Executive, Mike Grant says that as part of the negotiations, Wellington Free Ambulance and Union representatives have agreed to work together on a plan for future funding. They have also agreed to work together on a review of the optimum crewing mix and the opportunities for paramedic progression.
“Funding is always a concern for us. Government funds around 75% of what it costs to run our service, leaving us with a shortfall of $4million per annum.”
He says it is the generosity of the public that makes it possible for Wellington Free Ambulance to meet their operating costs year on year.
“We are sustainable thanks to our supporters and careful financial management, but it is our hope that over the next two to three years government will be in a position to increase their contribution.”