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strike april service ambulance

Ambulance Service to strike from 1st April
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Ambulance service to strike from April 1.

The Federation of Services to the Citizenship of Comisiones Obreras Canarias (FSC-CCOO), the majority union in the ambulance sector of the Canary Islands, announces a strike notice from April 1 in order to demand that the Canarian Government rescue the ambulance service, given the repeated breach of the specifications by the concessionaires. The workers understand that the direct management of the service, by the public administration, is the only solution to the problems that, for decades, this important sector has experienced for the welfare of citizens.


The union has reached this decision after exhausting the round of meetings with the Canarian parliamentary groups, and which culminated with a meeting with the Minister of Health of the Canarian Government and the director of the Canary Islands Health Service. In these meetings, the audit inefficiency of the administration and the Government of the Canary Islands when it comes to guaranteeing compliance with the conditions established in the latest bankruptcy documents has been accredited. Likewise, the lack of interest of the Canarian Government in resolving these deficiencies has been evident.

Very serious breaches

They consider that there are very serious breaches with respect to the specifications, such as the number of vehicles contracted and the personnel assigned to them, uniformity or the fact that the work bases are not conditioned according to current regulations.

These irregularities extend to the workplace, such as salaries below the current salary tables of the III Collective Agreement for the Autonomous Community, precarious hiring abusing internship and temporary contracts or the extension of the working day with breaches of breaks. Also, concepts such as subsistence allowance and overtime are not being paid.

Thus, they indicate that, to give some examples, in La Gomera and El Hierro they coerce workers to lower the cost of their overtime by up to 50% or to try to get rid of the current agreement for economic reasons, even knowing that this is a reason to terminate the contract by the administration. In the case of the company that provides the service in Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and part of Gran Canaria, the monthly working day of workers is exceeded above the 160 hours set by the agreement in force, in order to increase business profits saving jobs that are paid by the administration with public Money.

In the case of Gran Canaria, the two successful bidders are not far behind since, with coercive measures towards the workers, they interpret the agreement in force according to their convenience and fail to comply with the bankruptcy specifications, not paying salary concepts such as diets, salary tables, or interpretations of the payment of festivities different from what is marked in the agreement.

In Tenerife and La Palma, being the same company, the unions find the same patterns of action, with structural jobs covered by temporary contracts, irregularities in hiring, abuses of the internship contract, lack of uniformity, unconditioned bases, overlapping of contracted vehicles and incomplete provision of them.
All this situation has been accredited by FSC-CCOO, the majority union in this sector, in three reports presented to the parliamentary groups, the Minister of Health and the director of the Canary Islands Health Service.
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