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Paramedical professionals to take strike vote

The joint union bargaining association says after months of negotiations, HEABC is refusing to address any of the key issues still on the table.

The joint union bargaining association representing over 10,000 paramedical professionals in the health and social services sectors today announced it will conduct a province-wide strike vote. The announcement came after negotiations with the Health Employers' Association of BC broke down October 15.

Health care unions baffled by suggestion that accord was secretly negotiated

HSA, HEU say they've been lobbying for a rationalized lab system for several years as a way to save $25 million annually.

The health care unions that represent BC's lab technologists and technicians say the recent accord on lab, breast screening and rehabilitation services could help eliminate the waste and duplication that currently exist in BC's health care system. And they say that the BC Medical Association and private labs were well aware that the health care unions were lobbying for changes.