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St John employ “emotional blackmail” in badge dispute

Date of Release: 
Monday, November 7, 2016

The union representing over 800 striking ambulance officers in the North Island is condemning St John after an Auckland station manager told an ambulance crew that ‘if someone dies because they didn’t let you in be it on your heads.’

“This kind of emotional blackmail is unacceptable,” said Ambulance Professionals First spokesperson Lynette Blacklaws.

Over 800 Ambulance Professionals from across the North Island are continuing their uniform ban and wearing a badge that reads “Healthy Ambos Save Lives” as part of their struggle for safe working hours and conditions.

St John threatens jobs… over wearing a badge

Date of Release: 
Friday, November 4, 2016

As ambulance officers across the country begin strike action at St John, the union representing the officers has revealed that approximately 800 officers on strike received a letter warning that disciplinary action could be taken against those who didn’t comply with the uniform policy.

“Ambulance officers across the country are wearing badges that read ‘Healthy Ambos Save Lives,’” said Ambulance Professionals First spokesperson Lynette Blacklaws.

The strike involves a uniform ban.

Ambos alter strike plans

Date of Release: 
Monday, October 31, 2016

Ambulance professionals across the country have agreed to alter their strike plans as a gesture to reassure any worried members of the public.

Ambulance Professionals First spokesperson Lynette Blacklaws says some aspects of the action will still go ahead, but the proposed paperwork ban has been temporarily withdrawn to reassure the public there will be no risk to patient safety.

“Patient safety is the top priority for Ambulance professionals,” said Ms Blacklaws. 

Funding crisis forces ambulance staff to strike

Date of Release: 
Monday, October 17, 2016

Over 1000 Ambulance officers across New Zealand have issued a 14 day notice of industrial action at St John Ambulance.  

The strike comes after an attempt by St John to squeeze more out of already stretched front-line staff.Ambulance Professionals First co-ordinator Lynette Blacklaws said the strike is for the safety of staff and their patients. 

“Taking a stand is the most responsible thing we can do.”

Ambulance services need urgent funding boost – union

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The union representing New Zealand’s ambulance professional’s is warning the government that without an immediate funding boost patients’ lives will be put at risk.

“Single-crewing in provincial areas is causing tremendous stress for ambulance professionals,” said Ambulance Professionals First spokesperson Neil Chapman.

Ambulances in urban areas are double-crewed, but ambulances in provincial areas are often single-crewed, despite the greater distance to hospitals and back up.

Ambulance service cuts will hurt – union

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A proposal by St John Ambulance to reduce staff numbers will be an immense loss for both the community who use the service and the workers affected says FIRST Union, the union for Ambulance Professionals.

Last week St John Ambulance announced a proposal to reduce their workforce by 33 full time roles.

“If anything we need more ambulance professionals on the road” said Neil Chapman, FIRST Union ambulance organiser.

Single crewing tragedy highlights need for inquiry

Date of Release: 
Thursday, September 10, 2015

The release of the Health and Disability Commissioner’s report into the death of an elderly woman in a single crewed ambulance highlights the need for an inquiry into single crewing, says FIRST Union National Ambulance Co-Ordinator Neil Chapman.

“We need an urgent inquiry into the dangers of single crewing. Without that second pair of hands both the paramedic and the patient are put at risk.”

Ambulance staff welcome meal breaks signal from St John

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Foreshadowed relief for frontline emergency paramedics to gain more regular access to meal breaks is being welcomed by the union representing paramedics in Auckland.

Taxi driver takes over wheel of single-crewed ambulance

Date of Release: 
24/03/2013
First Union's national ambulance sector coordinator, Neil Chapman, is calling for far greater scrutiny of what is happening in rural areas.

Ambulance trims services to save money

Date of Release: 
12/09/2012
FIRST Union's ambulance coordinator Neil Chapman speaks to Nine to Noon about cutbacks at St Johns Ambulance.

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