EMS Refusing Overtime in Protest
If you live in Toronto, you're not getting an ambulance as fast as you need to, in the event of an emergency. Unionized EMS workers are fed up with the City and say it's because of budget cuts, that you will suffer.
150 unionized paramedics are protesting so far, by refusing to work overtime hours in the hope that this will underline the need for another 200 paramedic hires in the city. Since last week's emergency union meeting, about 30 paramedics have been taking themselves off of overtime lists everyday.
This past Sunday, paramedics say they are stretched so thin, that there were barely enough workers to cover large parts of the city. Management thinks the decision will have no impact on service to the public.
One veteran EMS worker who's done the job for over 30 years tells The Star, there have been instances where people have had to wait 8 hours for an ambulance.
About 30 percent of EMS service in Toronto, is based on overtime hours.