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Saskatchewan health workers vote 85 per cent in favour of strike to get contract

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SASKATOON - Health workers in Saskatchewan have voted 85 per cent in favour of a strike after negotiations involving a provincial mediator failed to get them a new contract.

The Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan represents 30 different groups of workers including paramedics, hospital pharmacists and occupational therapists.

President Karen Wasylenko says staffing levels are the biggest concern for her members.

The association's workers went on strike in 2011 during their last round of contract negotiations

Wasylenko insists that job action would be a last resort for the association's 3,600 members.

The association has given no formal notice of a strike.

"We see wait lists that are increasing, we see emergency care services that are becoming unsafe because of staffing," Wasylenko said.

"They want to send a message to the employer that they expect serious bargaining and they want an agreement."

(CJME)

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