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NS paramedics reject contract offer

By Kelli Rickard Oct 11, 2023 | 10:52 AM

Paul Townley

Paramedics have voted down a 3-year deal offered by the Nova Scotia government.

With their current contract set to expire at the end of this month, talks between the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 727 and the province began in June.

Auditor General Kim Adair released a report last month saying “many paramedics are leaving the ground ambulance system citing issues with work-life balance due to
overtime, pay and high cost of benefits, and long hours spent waiting in emergency departments to offload patients.”

Adair also said, “the cost of paramedic sick time, overtime and allowances for missed breaks and shift overruns has increased by almost $3,000,000 over the last 5 years.”