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Respiratory technicians across Quebec held a one-day strike December 9 demanding wage parity with nurses.

“Our work is essential and we have the right to have it recognized 0069006e0063luding salary levels,” said Elaine Trottier, president of the professional association of respiratory technicians (APIQ) who are represented by CUPE.

The parity demand has been supported by an evaluation that compared the work of the 2,300 therapists 0065006d0070loyed in every health institution in the province 007700690074h that of nurses. As a result of the poor salaries and the lack of recognition of the importance of the profession, there is a shortage of new graduates in the field.