#P11 Paramedical walk-outs to continue

Bargaining bulletin

This week paramedical professionals will continue walkouts designed to underscore their importance to B.C.’s health care system. They will be targeting diagnostic, clinical and rehabilitation services on a rotating basis.

The first two weeks of the paramedical professionals’ job action took the form of public rallies and regional walk-outs. Last week the tactics changed to one of focusing on individual employers where paramedical professionals deliver clinical, diagnostic and rehabilitation services.

“With these job actions paramedical professionals are telling their employers that they are a vital part of the province’s health care system,” says Chris Allnutt, secretary-business manager of the Hospital Employees’ Union.

The employer needs to listen to the message strikers are sending, said Health Sciences Association president Cindy Stewart, adding that their valuable contribution to the health of British Columbians is essential to the province’s health care facilities.

This week, the walk-outs will begin on Tuesday, June 12 (diagnostics) and continue on Wednesday, June 13 (clinical); Thursday, June 14 (rehabilitation). All withdrawals will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Essential service levels will be maintained.

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