APA (NSW) Member Update – Uniform Update
APA (NSW) Member Update
Monday 2 October 2017
With hot weather just around the corner, APA (NSW) continues to represent our members’ views regarding uniforms via the committee process. We recently met with NSW Ambulance representatives and the outcomes from that meeting were:
- A new version of the operation work shirt is due to be issued in late December 2017. APA (NSW) has demanded that at least 2 of the new work shirts be allocated to all paramedics and that existing stock of the old, unfit for purpose shirts, be discarded.
- NSW Ambulance refused to commit to any guarantees regarding manufacturing time frames and volumes for the work shirts.
- NSW Ambulance continues to issue the old version of the operational fleece. APA (NSW) raised concerns as the fleece is inferior in its temperature rating, functionality and does not identify staff as paramedics.
- APA (NSW) recommended that staff be issues with the new version of the fleece.
APA (NSW) has significant concerns that our members’ views are not being taken seriously by NSW Ambulance and that this ultimately places them at risk in the workplace. This is evidenced by the refusal to discuss the option of polo shirts and shorts.
It is on this basis that we reissue our statement that: APA (NSW) will support any members who choose to take reasonable steps to ensure their workplace health and safety by modifying aspects of the uniform as long as it identifies them as paramedics. This would include wearing the cotton T-shirt with the high vis vest in hot weather. Any member who is threatened or harassed for doing so should immediately contact their APA (NSW) delegate or executive.
APA (NSW) Executive
Your Choice, Your Voice
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