B-C ambulance paramedics are now on strike but, as reported earlier, it doesn’t mean ambulances will be stuck behind picket lines.
Picket lines have been set up at provincial and regional Ambulance Service headquarters in Victoria, Vancouver, Kamloops and Prince George.
However, under essential service rules, most ambulance service will continue as usua, with the 3,500 paramedics refusing to perform administrative and a few other duties.
The strike went ahead at midnight after the members of CUPE local 873, rejected a plea from the provincial government, for a 90-day cooling-off period.
The two sides are still reportedly far apart on the issues of wages and contract length, with the union demanding a 16 per cent salary increase over four years and the government offering only three per cent over one year.