‘Ottawa’ Outaouais Paramedics Begin Some Strike Action, But say it won’t affect Public
More than 200 paramedics in the Outaouais began a strike Thursday, but they say strike action is limited to administrative duties that won’t affect patients.
The paramedics won’t take on students for training, won’t wash the outsides of their vehicles, and won’t fill in some of their usual paperwork or forward it to the provincial government.
But they say all services to patients will continue as usual, and they will keep the interiors of ambulances clean.
Paramedics in other areas of Quebec are also beginning a strike Thursday, including Gaspé and Drummond. Paramedics in the Eastern Townships took similar action in February.
The province’s paramedics have all have been without a contract since March of 2015. In an open letter to Premier Philippe Couillard last month they complained about salaries and scheduling.
Paramedics in Quebec are classed as an essential service and are forbidden to go on full strike.