/
/
/
/
/
Minister admits VANOC pressure

Minister admits VANOC pressure

VICTORIA – Health Services Minister Kevin Falcon now admits that demands from the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee (VANOC) to end the ambulance paramedics strike led to back-to-work legislation.

Falcon had repeatedly claimed in the B.C. Legislature and to the public that the Olympics were not a factor, until CUPE released information described in a September memo from VANOC to the BC Ambulance Service and other government officials demanding “definitive confirmation” that “all required ambulance services will be provided as planned” for the 2010 Games.

The VANOC edict goes on to threaten that “If we are unable to obtain that guarantee (through either settlement of the strike or legislated “detente” for the Games), then VANOC will be required to initiate alternative contingency plans to avoid cancellation of the Games.”

While Falcon has had to admit the Olympics are “a factor” in ending the paramedics’ collective bargaining rights, he is still citing concerns over the H1N1 pandemic. This despite repeated calls from the members of CUPE 873 for action on pandemic for more than a year.

CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill said “the minister’s story has certainly changed since we released contents of the memo, but what hasn’t changed is this government’s unprecedented attack on collective bargaining.”

The move to legislate the paramedics “back to work” has come while they are in the middle of voting on the Liberal government’s latest offer. The 3,500 Ambulance Paramedics of BC have been on strike since April 1 for better response times, equipment, wages and staffing levels. They have continued to work throughout the dispute under essential services orders.

cope 491
Share this
Share on facebook
Share on twitter

Latest News

CUPE members demonstrate how Education Assistants can help create thousands of new childcare spaces across BC

CUPE members demonstrate how Education Assistants can help create thousands of new childcare spaces across BC

May 20, 2022
COBBLE HILL – Arlene and Leanne are Education Assistants (EAs) in Cobble Hill, a small community in the Cowichan Valley. Together they staff the first before- and after-school program operated…
COBBLE HILL – Arlene and Leanne are Education Assistants (EAs) in Cobble Hill, a small community in the Cowichan Valley. Together they staff the first before- and after-school program operated...

Health Care presidents reissue call for more sector support

Health Care presidents reissue call for more sector support

May 19, 2022
BURNABY—The community health sector continues to suffer from systemic challenges arising from staffing shortages, workload, and mental health issues and needs more support in these areas, CUPE’s Health Care Presidents…
BURNABY—The community health sector continues to suffer from systemic challenges arising from staffing shortages, workload, and mental health issues and needs more support in these areas, CUPE’s Health Care Presidents...

Richmond school district budget must prioritize vital services for students

Richmond school district budget must prioritize vital services for students

May 18, 2022
RICHMOND– Protecting vital services students and families depend on in the Richmond School District must be the priority in tackling budget shortfalls, says the union representing Richmond public school workers….
RICHMOND– Protecting vital services students and families depend on in the Richmond School District must be the priority in tackling budget shortfalls, says the union representing Richmond public school workers....