Ambulance workers in Montreal and Laval have begun a pressure camapign, calling on management to give them better resources the union says they need to properly serve the public.
The union, affiliated with the CSN, wants management to immediately hire new staff and put more ambulances on the roads. They say they're lacking 5 to 10 ambulances on a daily basis in Montreal and Laval.
They point to an internal study that shows response times for emergency calls have gone up nearly a full minute in the past eight years, from 9.01 minutes in 2005 to 9.99 minutes now, while the number of calls for ambulances has jumped from 266,362 in 2005-2006 to 291,780 in 2012-2013.
For now, the Urgences-Santé workers won't do overtime, unless their bosses give them a heads-up before their shifts.
Union rep Yvon Bonesso says they've tried to for years bring the subject up with management and the government, but to no avail.
"In the last few months, we've met with the employer, with the minister, with the ministry and everything, and we're still waiting for answers." Bonesso says.
Aside from the overtime strike, the union says they're also planning demonstrations.