Paramedics on strike at midnight

The union members of the prehospital sector of Quebec begin a five-day strike from Thursday midnight.

Members of the Quebec Pre-Hospital Workers’ Association (ATPH-CSN) had already gone on a three-day strike from 10 to February. They say they come back to the silence of the Ministry of Health. “At the moment it seems that the strike is the only way to make us hear,” explained their president Frederic Maheux.

The region’s 330 paramedics are participating in a provincial strike movement to unwind negotiations for the renewal of collective agreements that expired on March 31, 2015.

After the settlement of the normative issues, the Quebec Federation of Paramedic Cooperatives judge that much work still needs to be done to reach an agreement. “As it relates to our priorities, including everything related to salaries, pension plan improvements and workloads and schedules, we have not even received a formal offer,” says Mr. Maheux.

Workers fear that the withdrawal of Minister Barrette from the negotiating table will lead to disparities in working conditions, taking into account the fact that private companies and ambulance cooperatives are now leading discussions.

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