Ambulance workers in Montreal and Laval have voted overwhelmingly for a renewed round of pressure tactics, calling on management to give them better resources the union says they need to properly serve the public.
During a union meeting, ambulance technicians voted 98.7 per cent for the pressure campaign.
The union, affiliated with the CSN, wants management to immediately hire new staff and put more ambulances on the roads.
An internal study released late last year 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.
Union rep Yvon Bonesso says they want a meeting with government representatives, or they will start refusing overtime.