About Us

Welcome to the website of the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) Branch of UNISON. UNISON is by far the biggest union in the NWAS and is the United Kingdom’s largest union with more than 1.4 million members.

This site has been created to give you, our members as much information as possible and to allow for better communication between members and their representatives of which we have more than any other union. The Pandemic has made it more difficult for us to meet up face to face with our members so we have now set up the facility to have one to one or group video conference calls to ensure we maximise the safety for everyone. Of course, we are more than happy to meet up face to face when it is safe to do so.

All of your representatives work for NWAS and they do same job as you so anything that affects you also affects them in exactly the same way. All of our stewards are ERA accredited so you can be confident that they know what they are doing, and they have to renew this accreditation every 5 years.

We are proud to represent over 4000 members that includes frontline ambulance staff including the Patient Transport Service, Emergency Operations Centres and 111, Workshop Staff and Corporate members.

Our continuing growth each year is a clear demonstration of the service that we provide to our members and we continually strive to improve on this day by day. If you have any ideas to improve our site, please contact us and let us know.

Briefings

To see our latest NWAS UNISON member briefings please click here.

Miserly government NHS pay proposal won’t clear the backlog or help patients, says UNISON

Commenting on the government’s submission today (Wednesday) to the NHS pay review body recommending a ​maximum pay rise of 3% this year for health workers in England, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said:

“This tight-fisted proposal ​falls well short of rising costs and staff hopes​. It’s barely half the rate of inflation, which is far from peaking and won’t for many more months.

​“This will go down like a lead balloon with health workers struggling to fill up at the pump, buy groceries and pay bills. It would be a wage cut in all but name.

“Nurses, healthcare assistants, hospital porters and others have borne a heavy responsibility during the pandemic. Now government expects the NHS team to work miracles with the Covid backlog, despite the growing staffing void.

“The government’s told private firms struggling to recruit to pay premium wages. ​But ministers ​aren’t prepared to do the same for the NHS. Holding down ​health worker wages won’t stop the inflation spiral. But it would mean floods of NHS ​staff quitting for less stressful, more lucrative jobs. ​

“Staff feel so dispirited, many already have one foot out the door. This substandard amount will convince many it’s time to part company with the NHS.

“Without ​the emergency fix ​proposed, thousands of the lowest paid health workers would have been earning illegal wages when the minimum hourly rate increases to £9.50 in April. Everyone working in health should be on at least the real living wage.

“The Chancellor and the Prime Minister must do far better and come up with enough cash for a proper wage rise that stems the staffing flight and ensures safe, quality care for patients.”