Urgences-Santé paramedics agree to end pressure tactics
WATCH ABOVE: Following an agreement with their employer and the Ministry of Health, Urgences-Santé paramedics announced an end to pressure tactics introduced over a year ago.
MONTREAL – After over a year of dispute, Urgences-Santé’s paramedics agreed On Sunday to end pressure tactics against their employer.
The pressure tactics were launched in June of last year, as workers in Montreal and Laval claimed that there was a critical shortage of resources.
To bring attention to their plight, paramedics stopped charging when it took more than 15 minutes to arrive on the scene after receiving a 911 call.
According to the union, that tactic meant less money for Urgences-Santé but did not compromise emergency services.
On Thursday, the two sides reached an agreement, after the Health Ministry and Urgences-Santé finally recognized that a problem did exist.
Recommendations have been put forward to improve service.
In a prepared statement, union president Rejean Leclerc, said that finding a permanent solution to the problem was a question of public health and not just a matter affecting unions.
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