Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - BC

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - BC

July 28, 2009 13:37 ET

CUPE BC: B.C.'s Ambulance Paramedics in Court Today

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 28, 2009) - Ambulance Paramedics of BC - CUPE 873 are expected to be in the Supreme Court today to answer charges that they are in contempt of the essential services order that they continue to work under.

Ambulance Paramedics of BC president John Strohmaier says that the government is trying to deal with the longstanding labour dispute in the courts, instead of at the bargaining table.

"Government inaction has created this situation that puts people's lives at risk," says Strohmaier. "Instead of addressing the problems, they expect the Courts to fix them."

The case is expected to be heard at the Supreme Court of British Columbia today.

The paramedics have been trying to address problems of a deteriorating ambulance service and are asking the government to get back to the bargaining table. They have now been on strike for 119 days. Members of CUPE 873 want the government to negotiate so that improvements can be made to how services are delivered. Chronic understaffing and long response times continue to be the biggest issues paramedics want the government to address.

Contact Information

  • Ambulance Paramedics of BC
    BJ Chute
    Director of Public Education
    604.218.6169
    or
    CUPE
    Janet Szliske
    National Communications Representative
    604.454.7293
    www.cupe.bc.ca