Urgences-santé executives behind the wheel of ambulances, a historic first

For the first time, Urgences-santé executives are driving ambulances to replace paramedics on strike since Wednesday.

It is thanks to a recent victory of the CSN at the Administrative Labor Tribunal (TAT) that executives will be required to meet the requirements of the profession. Thus, they will have to do four hours of paramedic work per week.

“I hope that the managerial staff and that the whole population will realize that we are not fighting just for us, but rather to provide better services and that they are always accessible when necessary”, has explained the interim president of the pre-hospital union (SP-CSN), Claude Lamarche.

Remember that the paramedics who are members of the Fédération de la santé et des services sociaux (FSSS-CSN) have been without a collective agreement for nearly two years. They demand, in particular, a salary adjustment as well as the elimination of “shift” schedules, which obliges paramedics to be on call 24 hours a day for seven consecutive days.

Although a survey revealed that more than half of pre-hospital staff are considering a career change, the management side has remained “inflexible since the start of negotiations”, says the union.

“We are all passionate about our work. It is the most beautiful profession in the world. We do not accept the lack of respect from the government, for whom we are only a column of figures in the budget. It will take the time it will take, but we will get this respect,” added Mr. Lamarche.


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