Strike in the pre-hospital environment: after the paramedics, the emergency responders

Strike in the pre-hospital environment: after the paramedics, the dreams emergency weights


As of midnight Saturday, employees of health communication centres, which notably provide assistance to people waiting for an ambulance, will be on strike.

Without a collective agreement for more than two years, emergency medical responders (RMU) will continue to perform their tasks deemed essential by the administrative labor tribunal. Thus, as part of their pressure tactics, the RMUs will stop filling out certain documents. Additionally, certain communication protocols will not be used during this indefinite strike.

“The RMUs and administrative staff play a crucial role in the chain of pre-hospital emergency services. The entire CSN stands by their side to demand fair recognition of their indispensable work. The quality of services to the population is at stake,” said CSN President Caroline Senneville.

While the ambulance workers finally reached an agreement with Quebec, the other stakeholders in the pre-hospital environment are calling in particular for a salary increase as well as staff retention measures.

“Now that we know the general parameters that will be applied for paramedics in terms of salary increase, there is no no reason to postpone the conclusion of an agreement for the other workers in the pre-hospital sector,” said the Fédération de la santé et des services sociaux-CSN, Jean Gagnon.

“We are really at the end of of the roller. We must take concrete action now to make employment at RMU more attractive, more interesting,” said the president of the Union of Urgences-santé-CSN employees, Anick Bélanger.