Emergency medical responders and administrative staff at Urgences-santé went on a general strike Friday at midnight, but this should not affect essential services to the population.
It would be about 120 emergency medical responders and another hundred for administrative staff, on strike for an indefinite period.
The employees in question have been without a collective agreement since March 31, 2020. In the same year, those who provide first aid by telephone while waiting for the arrival of paramedics responded to 373,000 calls. These essential workers say they are at their wit's end and want a collective agreement as soon as possible.
The negotiations in progress concern, in particular, the salary increase as well as the measures for attracting and retaining staff.
The organization wants to be reassuring
“I would like to reassure the population from the outset that there will be no no impact on call acceptance. When people contact 911 to get an ambulance, there will be no change,” explains Jean-Pierre Rouleau, spokesperson for Urgences-santé.
He adds that the organization is not immune to the labor shortage, which affects almost all sectors in Quebec.
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