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Industrial inquiry commission delivers report on BC Ambulance Service, including appropriate collective bargaining structure

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

The industrial inquiry commission reviewing different service delivery and operational models for the BC Ambulance Service, including options on an appropriate collective bargaining structure, delivered its report to the BC Minister of Labour on January 15, 2010, according to this January 18, 2010 news release from the government.

The report was written by Chris Trumpy, a long time public servant who was the Deputy Minister of Finance before retiring in 2009.

In addition to the appropriate collective bargaining structure, the Trumpy report examines issues relating to staff recruitment, training and retention; staff workload and occupational health and safety; deployment strategies; and total compensation for paramedics and dispatchers.

The non-binding report has been provided to CUPE Local 873, the union representing BC's paramedics and dispatchers, and their employer, the Emergency and Health Services Commission.

Trumpy was appointed on November 19, 2009 as a one-person commission under section 79 of the BC Labour Relations Code. His appointment came two weeks after the provincial government passed legislation to impose a new collective agreement on the paramedics and dispatchers to end a seven month labour dispute.