VANCOUVER, Nov. 30, 2012 /CNW/ - The members of BC's modern health care
team who provide diagnostic, clinical and rehabilitation services have
announced they will begin strike action next week. Tired and
frustrated by months of inaction at the bargaining table, health
science professionals voted 90 per cent in favour of a strike this
Wednesday, December 5, pharmacists - who were threatened with a 15 per
cent wage rollback earlier this year - will reduce their work to
essential services only.
On Friday, December 7, medical imaging technologists - the people who
conduct x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, ultrasound, and other imaging
procedures - will reduce their work to essential services only. The
only exception to the reduction of service will be at Surrey Memorial
Hospital, which is just recovering from a catastrophic flood that
affected services in medical imaging, as well as closing the emergency
"Health science professionals have been at the bargaining table for
eight months, and progress has been very limited. In fact, at the last
bargaining meeting, the employer was a no-show," said HSA President
"As the weeks pass and we see fair and reasonable settlements reached
with other public sector workers, our members want to know when it is
they can expect government to show up and bargain a fair and reasonable
While other members of the professional health care team keep getting
wage increases handed to them by government, health science
professionals have been falling behind, in some cases making several
dollars an hour less than their counterparts in other provinces.
"Without them, the health care system cannot function, and our members
say it's time their contribution to the modern health care team is
recognized," Johnson said.
"We are scheduled to return to bargaining next week, and hope this
planned strike action gets the attention of the government to come to
the table and negotiate a fair and reasonable agreement before we are
forced to take action that inconveniences the public," he said.
HSA also launched a campaign website today, www.modernhealthcare.org, and encourages members and all British Columbians to send a message to
government that fair and reasonable wage increases are needed to
protect our health care services.
SOURCE: Health Sciences Association of British Columbia
For further information:
Miriam Sobrino, Communications: 604.439.0994 or 604.328.2886 or firstname.lastname@example.org