Nursing union consults over collective bargaining


More than 12,000 members of the DSR nursing union took part in a consultation over what should be the main demands in the upcoming collective bargaining negotiations in the public sector. The DSR has selected the main elements focusing on higher pay and better protection of leisure time. The union will aim for as large a percentage wage increase as possible that would recognise the large increase in workload and demands for flexibility during the pandemic and the need to recruit and retain health staff. The DSR recognises, however, the pressure on public finances and the impact of the formula that links public sector pay developments with those in the private sector. The DSR demands will be discussed with the seven other unions in the health cartel and joint demands then put forward for consideration in the joint public sector-wide union committee.