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Payroll problems affecting a number of BC's paramedics

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Paramedics say frustration is growing over payroll problems that have left some struggling to pay the bills.

However, there’s a dispute over just how widespread the problem is.

The president of the Ambulance Paramedics of BC union says most of the 3,700 paramedics have been affected.

“Unfortunately, people don’t have enough to pay their bills, their mortgages, and even get to work, because they don’t have the money to put the gas in their vehicles to commute,” says Bronwyn Barter.

While Les Fisher, the Chief Operating Officer of the BC Ambulance Service, can’t say how many paramedics are affected, he suggests the problem is not as extensive.

“For the last couple of pay runs, we have put out 99 per cent of the $6-million dollars that we’ve put out.”

The union says it’s been fielding tearful phone calls from paramedics, and the problems might not get fixed until the end of the month.