This week, the Executives of CUPE Locals 1252 & 4848 were notified that the government will be moving Primary Care Paramedics, Advance Care Paramedics, and Paramedic Coordinators from the Operational Category – Occupational Group 382 (Patient Services) to the Technical Category – Occupational Group 321 (Medical Science Professionals). This transfer will come into effect on April 1, 2020.
The announcement is very concerning to the Executive. We are of the opinion that it is the only way to silence the voices of Paramedics. Paramedics will no longer have their own Local autonomy; they will be unable to challenge the government or the employer for better working conditions.
If the government truly wanted to address Paramedics’ concerns, ie: salaries, recruitment, retention, and working conditions, they could have certainly done so by addressing those issues with the current local. Moving Paramedics does nothing to guarantee improvements to those issues.
President, Local 4848