Watch above: After year long discussions, ambulance drivers are set to launch a new pressure tactic against Urgences-Santé.
MONTREAL – After year long discussions between the Union of Paramedics and the provincial government, paramedics are set to launch a new pressure tactic against their employer – Urgences-Santé.
Workers in Montreal and Laval are claiming that there is a critical shortage of resources.
The union is asking for more ambulances on the road and is appealing to Health Minister Gaetan Barrette to create at least 40 new full time jobs.
As of midnight Saturday, paramedics won’t be filing any billing administrative paperwork.
The union confirmed they won’t be charging when it takes more than 15 minutes to arrive on the scene after receiving a 911 call.
This means less income for Urgences-Santé – but it won’t compromise emergency services.
This move marks the end of a year long truce between paramedics and Urgences-Santé.
About 40 ambulances are expected to be involved initially, with as many as seventy by the end of the weekend.
Paramedics have been calling for more vehicles since May 2013.
It is not clear how long this tactic will go on.