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  • InTheKnow
    August 13, 2010 - 07:00

    That's the problem... there are no other people willing to work under those conditions. What's been left out of the media is the root of the problem. The former owner had 16 people on staff and now the new one is trying to have the same service with 11, making the other pick up the shifts. Just like other parts of health care, it's hard to recruit qualified paramedics to rural Newfoundland. The former owner use to recruit workers from Ontario each year, give them the experience they need and then they would return to Ontario. He couldn't expect them to stay because the wages are horrendous. I'm surprised anyone would work those hours, with that responsibility for those wages. Janitors in the hospitals make more than the paramedics.... and I'm willing to bet they get more than 1 weekend off every 2 months!

  • chris
    August 13, 2010 - 04:11

    Well the only ones he will get are ones who have never worked shift work before with call back and can't appreciate how exhausting this type of work is then to have only 3 days off in between and back at it again, Short lifespan I say, if he gets all the positions filled I say there is a sucker born every day . Your employees are your business and if you don't take care of them ,well you guess it.

  • Steve
    August 12, 2010 - 15:54

    I would imagine as in many disputes there are probably 3 sides to this story. However I guess you have to learn to know when to draw your line in the sand so to speak. The employer in this case is attempting to operate a 24/7 emergency service it is to be expected with this line of work you will be required to work something other than a Monday to Friday 9-5 schedule. The former employees will quickly find out that there will be plenty of people who will work a 6 and 3 schedule.

  • Wayne
    August 12, 2010 - 12:59

    I am amazed at all of this. The ambulance system has a new owner. It's a private business. The new owner says to staff " here are jobs if you want them, but they are not the same as with the old owner". The staff objects and refuses the new conditions. It's pretty simple...get new staff. I agree that the hours of work are rotten and I certainly would not want those conditions....but it's a PRIVATE business. If nobody wants to work those hours then he will have to change them.....but if other people are willing to accept the conditions then that's the way the ball bounces.

    • ex-empolyee
      August 17, 2010 - 21:07

      So you take 11 experience employees one with 28 years experience , treat them like dirt , call them names , treaten them everyday, tell them that he owns them, make their life a living hell for 6 mths and think that you well get respect the schedule is only a small piece off thsi pie. I pray for the people that live there and for the suckers that work there.