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Unite the Union Collective Bargaining Arrangements Derecognised

07 February 2013

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust has formally advised Unite the Union that, with effect from 4 February 2013, it has decided to cease to voluntarily recognise Unite the Union for the purposes of collective bargaining, ie negotiations on behalf of their members. 

The Trust remains committed to working in partnership with UNISON, which is not affected by the decision to derecognise Unite the Union, and to the principles of effective consultation and negotiation.  

Yorkshire Ambulance Service recognises both the importance and value of maintaining good relations with its staff and their recognised representatives. Unite the Union members can still be represented on individual matters. 

David Whiting, Chief Executive of Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said: “We carefully reflected upon this difficult matter before advising Unite the Union of our decision to derecognise them.

“Unfortunately the working relationship with Unite the Union remains disappointing and we have not received a constructive contribution to the difficult decisions that the Trust has been required to make for the future, particularly as we seek to maintain high-quality care for patients against the realities of the tough economic climate.

“I would like to reassure members of the public that all our decisions are focused on continuing to deliver a high quality and responsive service to patients and this will always remain our top priority.”

Notes to Editor: 

  • Recognition of Unite the Union has been on a voluntary basis, not a statutory one.  Consequently the Trust is able to determine to no longer recognise Unite the Union on a voluntary basis.
  • The Trust is wholly committed to engaging with and involving its staff in matters that affect them and our patients.
  • UNISON is the largest trade union within the Trust and represents the majority of our employees. It is Britain and Europe's largest public sector union.

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