Health union representatives met with the government on 2 May following a well-supported rally on 26 April. The government has promised to tackle some of the pay and bonus problems identified by health unions but has yet to come up with concrete written proposals. Health union Sanitas wants the government to lift the 30% limit on bonuses and to increase pay for all workers in health and social services. It also wants to negotiate collective agreements in the two sectors. Unless the government addresses these issues the union is planning a two-hour warning strike on 7 May and a national one-day strike on 11 May. EPSU has sent letters supporting the union's case to the Prime Minister and the ministers of health, finance and labour.
Health union meets government following major rally
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The leaders of the three main trade union confederations - CGIL, CSIL and UIL - joined a major rally in Rome on 15 April for workers in private health care. The three federations representing the 300000 workers in the sector called the rally to discuss the next steps in their campaign to negotiate a new sector agreement, 12 years after the last one was signed. The federations highlight the heavy workloads and precarious employment conditions being faced by many private health workers. The unions are angry that after a year of negotiations, the two employer organisations - ARIS and AIOP - have