Paramedics want the same bargaining rights as firefighters and police officers in B.C. - photo submitted

Paramedics gather support

Local paramedics are seeking signatures on an initiative petition to be declared an essential service

  • Mar. 20, 2017 6:05 a.m.

Support is growing to have paramedics deemed an essential service.

Local paramedics are seeking signatures on an initiative petition to amend the Fire and Police Services Collective Bargaining rights act to give paramedics the same collective bargaining rights as firefighters and police officers.

“Local canvassers are extremely grateful for the public sported. We received an amazing 2,707 signatures at three events last week,” said Dean Perry, spokesperson.

“We are confident we will reach the required 4,750 signatures in the Vernon-Monashee electoral district and 4,091 for Shuswap. We encourage everyone who hasn’t signed to come out to one of the signing events for the balance of March.”

The petition will be at the Polson Save On Foods, Shops Tuesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. and the Village Green Save On Foods Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., plus Friday at Askews Foods in Armstrong from 2 to 6 p.m.

“To find a calendar of events in other areas, request a canvasser, or for more information visit www.yourparamedics.ca,” said Perry.

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