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Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Union uses micro-strike as bargaining tactic

More than two dozen health professionals across Saskatchewan went on strike yesterday, but an agreement has been reached to keep job action from escalating. The respiratory therapists, hospital pharmacists and others walked out in six health regions, including Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert.

Chris Driol, head of the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan, said the union chose to pull only 27 of its 2,700 members off the job as a sign of good faith. "We also demonstrate it as a signal to the employer to make us a better offer and resolve this situation," Driol said in Saskatoon. "We need a better collective agreement." Saskatchewan's 12 health regions have been closing beds and cancelling surgeries ever since the union gave strike notice June 25.