Some 300 health care workers in Saskatoon are walking off the job Friday.

It's the latest job action from the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan, which is in a contract dispute with the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations.

Talks broke down Thursday between the union and SAHO, which represents health regions.

The union represents 3,000 health care workers from a variety of different health fields.

Among those who will be picketing Friday, according to HSAS, are pharmacists from the Royal University Hospital and St. Paul's Hospital, public health inspectors, addictions counsellors, social workers and physical therapists

Wages are a big factor in the dispute. SAHO is offering an 11 per cent hike over four years, while the union is asking for 14.5 per cent over the same period.

Picket lines will be going up at Royal University Hospital and Saskatoon City Hospital at 8 a.m. CST, the union said.

The last contract between SAHO and HSAS expired two years ago.

The list of workers that HSAS says will be on strike includes:

  •  addictions counsellors from the Calder Centre, Brief and Social Detox, George Bailey Counselling Centre, McKerracher Centre, Mental Health Services, St. Paul’s Hospital, Sturdy Stone, and the Youth Resource Centre.
  •  assessor/coordinators from the Idylwyld Centre.
  •  audiologists from the Royal University Hospital.
  •  dental health therapists and health educators from the Idylwyld Centre.
  •  dietitians from the Rosthern Union Hospital, Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon City Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital.
  •  exercise/conditioning therapists from Royal University Hospital, the Saskatoon Field House, and St. Paul’s Hospital.
  •  psychologists from the Kinsmen Children’s Centre, Southeast Health Centre, Saskatoon City Hospital and Mental Health Services.
  •  nutritionists from Public Health.
  •  occupational therapists from the Idylwyld Centre, Kinsmen Children’s Centre, Parkridge Centre, Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon City Hospital, Sherbrooke Community Centre and St. Paul’s Hospital.
  •  orthoptist from Royal University Hospital.
  •  pharmacists from Royal University Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital.
  •  psychologists from the Royal University Hospital, Mental Health Services, and the Youth Resource Centre.
  •  physical therapists from the Idylwyld Centre, Kinsmen Children’s Centre, Parkridge Centre, Royal University Hospital and Saskatoon City Hospital.
  •  psychometrician from Saskatoon City Hospital.
  •  public health inspectors from Public Health.
  •  social workers from Saskatoon City Hospital, Mental Health Services, St. Paul’s Hospital and the Youth Resource Centre.
  •  speech language pathologists from the Kinsmen Children’s Centre, Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon City Hospital, and Mental Health Services.