Health and social security workers take action

Greece

EPSU joined with the ADEDY civil service trade union confederation in sending solidarity messages to trade unions representing health and social security workers taking action to defend jobs and services. The POEDHN health union organised demonstrations on 7 April and plans work stoppages for 22 April to promote a wide range of demands. The union wants COVID-19 to be recognized as an occupational disease and is calling for better pay for health and social care workers as an essential measure to tackle staff shortages. Meanwhile, the POSE-IKA and POPOKP trade unions organised a 48-hour warning strike on 6 and 7 April in protest at plans to privatise the social security fund. Lack of investment and understaffing have led to a major backlog of cases and the unions want to see action on recruitment rather than privatisation.

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