#P12 Paramedicals escalate province-wide job action

Bargaining bulletin

The 14,000 paramedical professionals represented by the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association will escalate their job action beginning Monday, June 18.

The announcement, made by Bargaining Association spokesperson and HSA president Cindy Stewart, came following a meeting with Health Services Minister Colin Hansen and Health Planning Minister Sindi Hawkins yesterday.

Effective Monday, June 18, paramedical professionals in the Kootenays will withdraw their services.

On Tuesday, June 19, paramedical professionals in the Okanagan will join them, followed by members on Vancouver Island on Wednesday; northern B.C. on Thursday, and the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley on Friday.

By Friday, June 22, all paramedical professionals will be off the job. As members in each region withdraw their services, they will remain off the job until further notice. Essential services will be maintained province-wide. Paramedical professionals will not be setting up picket lines.

“The new government has certainly had time enough to send a clear message to the employer that a wage offer that values the work of paramedical professionals is needed,” Stewart said.

“Without a clear sign from the government that a wage offer is coming, we have made the difficult decision to make an impact on the health care system that can’t be ignored.”

Stewart added that paramedical professionals need recognition from the employer and the new government. “Our members want us back at the bargaining table, but they only want us there if we are talking about a wage offer that values their work.”