South Western Ambulance and Allied Health named Branch of the Year

From the picket line to parliament, the branch took on the government – and won.

South Western Ambulance and Allied Health branch was awarded Branch of the Year at last night’s Get Active awards in Taunton.

Joanne Kaye, regional secretary of UNISON South West, presented the prestigious award and delivered a moving speech acknowledging the branch’s exceptional efforts.

“The branch’s ambulance members exceeded the strike threshold and boldly decided to strike during the winter season. While most were preparing for the Christmas holidays, these remarkable individuals took to the streets to fight for better pay, not just for themselves, but for their entire NHS family. They ensured patient safety through diligent planning and by providing essential life and limb cover.”

Alice Foxen on the picket line with ambulance workers, they hold UNISON flags and placards.

The negotiations, led by Ted Blandford and Jonathan Legg, showcased exceptional leadership and determination. The branch members received overwhelming support from the public, who joined them on the picket lines, offering an abundance of food and unwavering solidarity. Their resilience was evident as they proudly waved flags, sang songs, and even marched on Parliament to advocate for their cause. Their courageous strike action resulted in improved pay for all NHS workers.

Congratulations to South Western Ambulance and Allied Health branch for their outstanding achievements. Their unwavering commitment and determination have made a lasting impact on the healthcare sector, inspiring others to stand up for their rights. As a branch, they exemplify the spirit of unity and activism.