Health sciences union rejects new offer
Saskatchewan's health sciences union has rejected a new offer put on the table by the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO) Tuesday morning.
SAHO's offer would have given EMTs and paramedics closer to a 16 per cent wage increase over four years instead of the seven and a half offered across the board.
Union president Cathy Dickson says that's great for EMS workers, but not for everyone else.
“We represent 3000 people and this new wage proposal has done nothing to address the recruitment and retention issues,” said Dickson.
The union has suspended talks and wants a third party involved in the dispute.
SAHO president Susan Antosh says that will have repurcussions.
“Unfortunately they’ve chosen to suspend bargaining, and now they will be withdrawing services from the public,” said Antosh.
Dickson says there will be a strike in the near future.
Reported by PaNow's Angela Hill and News Talk Radio's Bre McAdam
Edited by News Talk Radio's Sabeen Ahmad and Michael Aynsley