05/17/2001

The download of ambulance services to municipal government over the last 16 months did not come with an essential services labour framework, which meant that many ambulance personnel have the full right to strike.
The Ambulance Services Collective Bargaining Act introduced today requires 'Essential Service Agreements' before paramedics and other ambulance personnel can go on strike. 

"AMO has been asking for the same labour treatment that the Province enjoyed when it delivered the service - that of Essential Service Agreements," said Roger Anderson, Co-Chair of the Joint AMO-Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Land Ambulance Implementation Steering Committee (LAISC).  AWe have been working hard to manage the transfer of this service - to protect lives while trying to keep costs down in order to protect the property taxpayer.  Without an essential service agreement framework, this is not possible."

"This Bill will help ensure that emergency ambulance calls will not be disrupted by any potential labour disputes in the future," said AMO President Ann Mulvale, Abut we are concerned that some communities may not receive the same type of protection as others and as a result some communities may be paying more for their ambulance services than others.  This would be unfortunate."
   
The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is a non-profit organization with member municipalities representing 98 per cent of Ontario's population. 

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