#P10 Almost nine thousand paramedical professionals to join rotating strikes

Bargaining bulletin

Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley will be hit on Friday

Paramedical professionals will withdraw services to essential service levels in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley on Friday, June 1 from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. The striking health care workers will hold a rally at noon in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Tuesday’s rally in front of the legislature buildings in Victoria drew 400 supporters. With 8,800 paramedical professionals working in the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley, Friday’s rally is likely to draw even more participants.

The rotating strike hits central and northern B.C. today with Prince George strikers holding a rally in front of city hall at noon.

The unions in the association say that the job actions have been designed to demonstrate to the public and the new government that paramedical professionals are an essential part of the health care team.

HEU secretary-business manager Chris Allnutt agrees, saying “These workers are telling their employer to come back to the table and get serious about bargaining. The best way to do that is to put an offer on the table that reflects today’s health care needs.”

The Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association represents 14,000 workers in HEU, the Health Sciences Associaton, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, the B.C. Government and Services Employees’ Union and the Professional Employees’ Association.