No End in Sight for Paramedics Strike

Frustrated local paramedics took their information pickets to the Campbell River Hospital Tuesday as their strike dragged past the two-month mark with no end in sight.

“We’re just keeping the public aware that the paramedics are still on strike and we’re frustrated with the fact that we’ve been on strike for more than two months now and there’s been no going back to the negotiating table, no one appointed as an arbitrator to get us back to the negotiating table,” said Steve Bremer, Campbell River paramedic and picket captain for CUPE Local 873. “Management is just playing hardball and refusing to treat paramedics with respect.

“As paramedics, we don’t want to shut down ambulances. We don’t want to impact the public and not respond to calls. We enjoy helping people. We’re just at the point where we are frustrated this has been dragging on for two months with no sign at all of it ending in the near future.”

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