VANCOUVER, Dec. 3, 2012 /CNW/ - As health science professionals return
to the bargaining table today, plans to begin rotating strikes have
been delayed one day to demonstrate good faith in the bargaining
process. Talks between the Health Science Professionals Bargaining
Association and Health Employers Association of BC are scheduled to
continue through the week.
With the change, the rotating strikes will begin Thursday, December 6.
That day, pharmacy services at BC hospitals will be reduced to
essential service levels only from 9 a.m. to midnight.
There will be no picket lines.
"Pharmacists are especially frustrated with the lack of progress at the
bargaining table. This is the group of highly trained and specialized
members of the health care team who government targeted for a 15% wage
cut earlier this year - even as recruitment and retention continues to
be a growing problem as the retail sector pays more competitive wages,"
said HSA President Reid Johnson.
"While government backed off on the wage rollback, after eight months at
the bargaining table, we have yet to see a wage offer of any kind for
any health science professionals," he said. The contract expired March
The second 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
They will reduce their work to essential services only from midnight
Thursday to midnight Friday. 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 department. Public health inspectors will
also reduce services to essential service levels that day.
"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. 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," he said.
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