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AMBULANCE PROFESSIONALS FIRST IS THE NETWORK WITHIN FIRST UNION REPRESENTING AROUND 1000
AMBULANCE PROFESSIONALS.

We offer full legal support on employment matters, advocacy, and a voice for Ambulance Professionals.

Ambulance Professionals First is a strong and respected union of Ambulance Professionals. Our National Ambulance Coordinator and local organisers in each region are supported by four full-time lawyers, a campaign team and research department. We also have specialist lawyers that we contract work for ACC matters and non-employment law. We have an established working relationship with both St John Ambulance and Wellington Free Ambulance and have negotiated management and operational Collective Agreements with them in which we protect and build on the terms and conditions of employment.

We provide regular email communications to all members. We also have a strong delegate structure and use digital surveys so that the information flows both ways, and we can stay informed of what really matters to members. Our organisers and delegates have regular meetings with management to ensure that any workplace issues are raised and resolved as they arise.

We keep strong International relationships including membership of the National Council of Ambulance Unions in Australia, which we participate in regular telephone conferences and annual meetings. We are also the sole distributor and contributors for New Zealand of Ambulance Active Magazine.

By joining Ambulance Professionals First you empower yourself and your fellow workers.

STUDENTS & VOLUNTEERS

We offer no cost Student and Volunteer Membership for Bachelor of Science – Paramedicine students.

Many of the issues and challenges Ambulance Professional face either affect you now, or could do in the future.

We realise that because there are limited ambulance providers in New Zealand that speaking up about issues can be daunting. We can provide a strong, professional voice for students and volunteers, where necessary.

 

APF STUDENT VOLUNTEER FORM

Recent Posts

1 day ago
No comment from University over ambulance incident

University of Otago has no comment to make on a party in the North Dunedin student area, during which an ambulance attending to assist an injured person was forced to retreat after bottles were ... See more

Otago University has no comment to make after bottles were thrown at an ambulance attending an incident in the North Dunedin student area at the...

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2 weeks ago
Emergency services gear up for big weekend with Hamilton HSBC Sevens

With an influx of crowds enjoying two days of rugby in the forecast sun, paramedics are urging caution when downing alcohol in the heat.

A total of 24 St John staff will be stationed at the FMG Stadium for this weekend's Rugby Sevens.

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3 weeks ago
Behind the Uniform: Paramedic gets a buzz out of beekeeping

A constant buzz follows intensive care paramedic Casey Drum wherever he goes. 🐝#AmboProFIRST

Intensive care paramedic Casey Drum uses beekeeping as a form of escapism.

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3 weeks ago
Behind the Uniform: On the beat ambulance officer mixes music and healthcare

NZ Herald's #BehindTheUniform series offers a peek into the lives of our wonderful emergency service workers. First up is Emergency Medical Technician and DJ, Duncan Chisholm. #AmboProFIRST

Duncan Chisholm is a St John emergency medical technician and a DJ in his spare time.

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3 weeks ago
Paramedic who suffered heart attack on the job takes part in groundbreaking study

Paramedic and part-time farmer Sharon Duthie has treated hundreds of heart attack patients in her 22-year career – but she never thought it would happen to her. #AmboProFIRST

She's treated hundreds of heart attack patients in her career, but she never thought it would happen to her.

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1 month ago
nzherald.co.nz

Sadly a familiar problem

Worried about her health, the 81-year-old called emergency services - four hours later they arrived to find her dead.

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1 month ago
Stratford St John receive $300,000 towards new building from latest community grants

Two Taranaki community trusts have returned more than $3.95m in grants to regional groups and individuals.

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1 month ago
9 News Queensland

It's often a thankless job, the men and women who put their own lives in harms away to help those at their lowest.

#9News l http://9News.com.au

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1 month ago
‘Behind the uniform, there’s a person’

Paramedic talks about the impact road deaths have on families, and on first responders.

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2 months ago
Nelson's new ambulance rolls into service with all the latest bells and whistles

A new St John ambulance was kept busy straight after being introduced to the service in Nelson.

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YOUR RIGHTS

YOUR RIGHT TO REFUSE UNSAFE WORK

If there is a hazard in your workplace you have the following rights:

• The right to refuse unsafe work
• The right to organise workers around the issue and take it up with the boss
• The right to ask a trained health & safety rep to take enforcement steps
• The right to contact a Worksafe Inspector
• The right to go on strike in some circumstances

Contact Worksafe on 0800 030 040 or visit the Worksafe website

 

BELONGING TO A UNION IS A BASIC HUMAN RIGHT

Everyone has the right to decent and productive work, in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. Unions ensure that, as a worker, your voice is heard, your views are respected and your rights under the law are upheld.

• Employees have the right to decide whether to join a union and, if so, which union. It is illegal for an employer (or anyone else) to put unreasonable pressure on an employee to not join a union.

• Once employees have joined a union, employers must, if asked, enter into bargaining for a collective agreement with that union.

• Unions exist for workers to support each other so that they don’t have to face problems on their own. When workers act together they have strength and safety in numbers and have a better chance of getting what they need at work and beyond.

• Unions are democratically run by their members. Union members elect union representatives (delegates) from workplaces, and make decisions on things like how the union is run, and what to focus on when negotiating with the employer.

Contact FIRST Union on 0800 863 477 or visit the FIRST Union website

 

THE RIGHT TO MAKE PUBLIC COMMENT

Public comments (Section 1b of Employment Relations Act 2000)

14 Recognition of employees’ right to make public comments

(1) Employers must respect and recognise the right of their employees to comment publicly and engage in public debate on matters within their expertise and experience as employees.

(2) However, this clause applies subject to clauses 15 to 17.
15 Employee must first raise matter with employer

Before an employee exercises the right specified in clause 14(1) in relation to the operations of his or her employer, the employee must first—

(a) raise the matter with his or her employer; and

(b) provide a reasonable time for his or her employer to respond.
16 When employee may make public comments about employer’s operations

If the employee is dissatisfied with his or her employer’s response or there is no response from his or her employer, the employee may exercise the right specified in clause 14(1) if the employee makes it clear that he or she is—

(a) speaking in a personal capacity; or

(b) speaking on behalf of a union with its authority to do so.

17 Confidentiality

When exercising the right specified in clause 14(1), an employee must not breach patient confidentiality or professional confidentiality.

18 Rights of union not affected

To avoid doubt, clauses 14 to 16 do not prevent a union from making public comments or engaging in public debate on any matter relating to the public health sector.

 

CONTACT

EMAIL: lynette.blacklaws@firstunion.org.nz
PHONE: 0800 TO FIRST (0800 863 477)
OFFICE: 120 Church Street, Onehunga, Auckland 1061
POST: Private Bag 92904, Onehunga, Auckland 1643
SOCIAL: Facebook

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