Ambulance paramedics, dispatchers reach agreement
Members of the Ambulance Paramedics and Ambulance Dispatchers Bargaining Association reached an agreement in principle last week subject to ratification under the B.C. government’s Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate.
The mandate focuses on improving services for people and ensuring fair and affordable compensation, noted a Ministry of Finance media release.
The agreement was reached between the Health Employers’ Association of British Columbia (HEABC) and the Ambulance Paramedics and Ambulance Dispatchers Bargaining Association, which is represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 873.
Further details about the agreement will be available when the approximately 4,500 paramedics and ambulance dispatchers, HEABC and its member-employers have completed the ratification process
Paramedics and ambulance dispatchers are employees of BC Emergency Health Services, which is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority.
The Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate supports government’s commitment to improve the services people count on, make life more affordable and invest in sustainable economic growth. It encourages employers and unions to find ways to sustain, enhance and modernize the delivery of services that British Columbians rely on.
Currently, just over 226,000 public sector employees are now covered by tentative or ratified agreements reached under B.C.’s Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate, the finance ministry said.