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Union happy with St John offer

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 9/02/2017

The First Union is happy with the latest offer from St John and says the deal will benefit all ambulance staff.

It is recommending members vote to accept the offer, which will bring to an end a long-running industrial dispute.

"The offer addresses some long-standing issues around leave entitlements and additional increases on pay amongst other improvements," union representative Lynette Blacklaws said in a statement.

The offer will be voted on by members next month and the union is recommending it.

First Union represents about 850 ambulance officers and was the last of four ambulance officer unions to reach agreement with St John.

Protest action included a uniform strike where paramedics donned T-shirts with the words "Healthy Ambos Save Lives", which led St John to threaten to dock 10 per cent of their wages for breaking uniform rules.

St John says the agreement with the union, which represents more than half its operational staff, is pleasing.

The First Union offer included increases in pay and improved leave provisions.

To support a "new era" of relationships with employees a consulting forum, with proportional union representation, will focus on issues facing St John and its staff, a spokeswoman says.

Meanwhile, Ms Blacklaws said the union still had a battle on its hands.

"We still have a lot of work to do to bring an end to single crewing and other symptoms of the government's $1.85 billion underfunding of the health system."

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