Paramedics petition for greater bargaining rights gaining mileage in Kamloops

By Vanessa Ybarra
March 11, 2017 - 10:41am Updated: March 11, 2017 - 12:45pm

KAMLOOPS — Paramedics fight to have the same bargaining rights as fire and police services in B.C is picking up steam.

In January, paramedics across the province started a petition to allow ambulance, paramedics, and dispatchers to be able to bring in a third-party to settle contract disputes rather than being forced to go on strike.

The Elections BC filing act requires canvassers to collect 10% of the voting public's signatures in every B.C riding, with Kamloops well on its way to reaching its 8,000 goal.

"We've had great support from the public in Kamloops, we're a little over half way there, so we need that continued support," said petition proponent Josh Henshaw.

Henshaw says most ridings in the province have collected at least half the required signatures.

Kamloops canvassers will be collecting signatures at Saturday's Blazers game at the Sandman Centre starting at 4 p.m.

The petition deadline is April 10th.

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