Health science professionals to strike next week
A technician is examining an x-ray image in this file photo. (CTV)
Published Saturday, December 1, 2012 3:43PM PST
Health care workers who provide diagnostic, clinical and rehabilitation services say they will begin strike action next week.
Health Sciences Association President Reid Johnson says members have been bargaining with their employer for eight months with no results. On the table are negotiations about wage increases.
Johnson says members get paid several dollars an hour less than their counterparts in other provinces.
“"As the weeks pass and we see fair and reasonable settlements reached with other public sector workers, our members want to know when it is they can expect government to show up and bargain a fair and reasonable contract,” he said in a written statement.
Johnson says medical imaging technologists who conduct x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, ultrasounds and other imaging procedures, will perform only essential services starting Dec.7. However, Surrey Memorial Hospital is exempted from the job action because the hospital’s emergency ward is recovering from a flood that occurred two weeks ago.