Ambulance union members work around the clock saving lives and caring for the community. We are highly trained professionals who work in both the public and private sector. Employers we work for include Ambulance Victoria, G4S, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, National Patient Transport and the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA).
We have a proud history of standing up for change, and we’ve had some huge wins, including improved pay and allowances, more ambulance funding, better parental leave and the upgrading of paramedic education to a degree standard.
Our biggest win was our Code Red campaign to end the crisis in the Victorian ambulance service, and respect and fair pay for paramedics. For more than two years, the Liberal government refused to make a fair pay offer to paramedics, and punished those of us who spoke out.
Despite this, union members never gave up campaigning for a fair deal and respect for paramedics. We spoke out in the media and in our community, all the way up until the State Election in November 2014, when a government that promised to respect paramedics was elected.
In 2016 ambulance union members are looking forward to winning a great outcome in our Paramedic Work Value Case, as well as improving pay and job security for private ambos and raising workplace standards at ESTA.