VANCOUVER, Dec. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Health science professionals began
rotating strikes today to put pressure on government to get serious
about bargaining a new collective agreement with the Health Science
Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA).
Hospital pharmacists reduced services to essential services only.
Starting at midnight tonight, health science professionals who deliver
diagnostic imaging services will reduce their services to essential
services only. This group of health science professionals scheduled to
take job action are all medical imaging technologists -
the people who conduct x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, ultrasound, nuclear
medicine, and other imaging procedures.
The union association advised today that it plans to continue the
rotating strike action next week, reducing hospital lab services to
essential services at midnight Sunday. There will be no picket lines.
"After nine months at the bargaining table, it took strike action and
the involvement of mediator Vince Ready to get the government to come
to the table and start to focus on getting to a new contract. We will
continue to exert pressure to encourage government to work towards
achieving an agreement," HSA President Reid Johnson said. HSA is the
lead union in the bargaining association that represents about 17,000
health science professionals who provide clinical, diagnostic, and
rehabilitation services in BC's hospitals and communities.
Other unions included in the union bargaining association are CUPE,
BCGEU, Professional Employees' Association, and HEU.
SOURCE: Health Sciences Association of British Columbia
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