Still on Strike

On Strike For You

At The Celebration of Lights on August 1, 2009Creative Commons License
Photo taken at The Celebration of Lights on August 1, 2009

Paramedics are still on strike in BC. It has been 125 days and there appears to be no end to this battle. The government is refusing to return to the bargaining table.  Turning a blind eye to the deteriorating ambulance service will not solve any of the problems.  Many paramedics have and are leaving the province to work in nearby provinces like Alberta due to better pay and benefits.  Paramedics are trained health care professionals in the front line of medicine and are one of the first to respond to you in providing life-saving interventions in an emergency.  They are an essential part of the health care system, without which, many patients would have passed away before reaching the hospital.  You never know when you, or someone you love needs to call 911 for assistance.

You can make a difference by visiting: and sending a letter to Gordon Campbell or your MLA.


Quick Summary of the Strike from:

(Updated November 3, 2009)

November 3, 2009

VANOC edict behind repressive legislation

October 21, 2009

Paramedics support executive, return incumbents

September 29, 2009

Paramedics to take ‘offer’on tour.

September 18, 2009

Paramedics to work ONLY ‘regular shifts.

September 15, 2009

March for BC Paramedics!

September 15, 2009

Paramedics issue settelment offer.

September 1, 2009

Government misses emergency call.

August 17, 2009

Kootenay paramedics picket for public safety.

August 6, 2009

Paramedic support doubles.

July 29, 2009

BC Supreme Court finds in favor of BC Paramedics.

July 28, 2009

B.C.’s ambulance paramedics in Court today for contempt of essential service orders.

July 27, 2009

Harvey Oberfeld speaks up about paramedic dispute.

July 21, 2009

Paramedics launch t-shirt campaign.

July 3, 2009

Paramedics launch TV ad campaign.

June 22, 2009

Paramedics Poll Membership

June 19, 2009

Mediator adjourns paramedics’ talks.

June 18, 2009

Paramedics’ talks stalled.

June 8, 2009

Paramedics challenge Premier Gordon Campbell.

June 2, 2009

Talks slated for Paramedics.

May 15, 2009

Paramedics draw the line on safety checks.

May 11, 2009

Paramedics face firing for safety check.

May 5, 2009

Abbott calls premier’s behavior a joke.

April 28, 2009

Ambulance Paramedics have major safety concerns about the potential for spreading swine flu. The 3,500 ambulance attendants say the problem is their respirators.

April 25, 2009

More than 500 CUPE members and supporters joined striking B.C. Ambulance Paramedics in a mid-day march protesting government inaction.

April 23, 2009

Minister of Health Services George Abbott failed to meet with striking B.C. ambulance paramedics yesterday as promised.

April 22, 2009

More than 500 CUPE BC delegates are expected to join striking ambulance paramedics and supporters Friday for a march past the B.C. Legislature. The delegates are in Victoria for the Canadian Union of Public Employees’ 

BC Division convention.

April 17, 2009

Striking ambulance paramedics say they are cautiously optimistic after a two-hour meeting today with Health Services Minister George Abbott.

April 15, 2009

BC Health Minister George Abbott has rejected calls for negotiations with striking ambulance paramedics.

April 9, 2009

BC Minister of Health George Abbott has finally responded to calls from striking ambulance paramedics for a return to the bargaining table with a mediator.

April 3, 2009

CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill has called on the provincial government to get to the bargaining table with the Ambulance Paramedics of B.C.


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