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Paramedic company tight-lipped after meeting with union, conciliator

06/28/2013 10:56 EDT | Updated 08/28/2013 05:12 EDT
HALIFAX - The union representing Nova Scotia's paramedics met Friday with the employer and a conciliator, but it was unclear whether both sides were any closer to reaching an agreement before a potential strike next week.

Stacey Brown, a spokeswoman for Emergency Medical Care Inc., said no new talks were planned between the company and Local 727 of the International Union of Operating Engineers.

"The meeting is over for today and I can't get into the specifics of what was discussed," Brown said in an email. "Our next step is to regroup internally at this point."

She said the company wanted to clarify the union's position and that was accomplished.

The union could not be reached for comment.

It's been more than a week since the paramedics rejected the last tentative deal.

Labour Minister Frank Corbett refused to say Thursday whether the government would legislate the 800 paramedics back to work in the event of a strike next Friday. But he added that legislation would not take long to write, if necessary.

Last week, union members voted 73 per cent against a deal that would have given paramedics a defined benefits pension plan and wage increases.

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