EPSU has sent solidarity greetings to its health affiliate FSSHK. The union joins other public sector unions in a general strike protesting against the government's failure to implement the General Collective Agreement of 2014 and the wage law of 2010. EPSU has also sent letters to the country's president and prime minister urging them to respond to the unions' demands and begin negotiations over pay.
Health union joins public sector strike
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