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Withdrawal of Industrial Action

Withdrawal of Industrial Action

Wellington Free Ambulance are pleased to receive notice that the Amalgamated Workers Union NZ (AWUNZ) and their members have withdrawn their proposed industrial action, originally planned to commence on Friday 13 October.

Wellington Free Ambulance CEO, Dave Robinson said, “We are happy that AWUNZ have withdrawn their proposed industrial action following further negotiations with our team. Whilst their members still need to vote on the proposal offered to them, the bargaining team have indicated that they believe this is a good offer and their team has recommended settlement to their members.”

The revised proposal sees agreement on all Terms and Conditions, including pay changes which would be paid immediately to staff on acceptance. The proposal also includes a further joint review with the aim of finding a smart shift system that keeps staff and patients safe and well and best manages fatigue.

 Dave said “We know that fatigue is an issue for our teams, as it is for all paramedic services across the world. We are committed to working with the unions and our workforce to find the best solution for our people and the communities they support”

AWUNZ represents 58% of the Wellington Free Ambulance workforce across the Emergency Ambulance Service, Patients Transfer Service, our Clinical Education team, and our Clinical Communications Centre. AWUNZ do not represent staff based in the Wairarapa.



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