Trade unions in the health and social care sectors are continuing their campaigns and mobilisations to ensure that all workers in public and private sectors benefit from the provisions of the national “Ségur de santé” agreement on pay and conditions negotiated last year. Unions also want to see further measures to tackle urgent questions of understaffing and excessive working time. Actions took place on 3 June and further action is planned for 15 June. On 10 June unions also came together in a major demonstration to highlight the particular problems facing psychologists relating to professional recognition, pay and conditions and social dialogue. The unions underline how psychologists have played a key role in helping to deal with the increased stress and mental health issues created during the pandemic.
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Trade unions organising in the health and social care sectors took to the streets again on 30 June as part of their long-running campaign to secure increased public funding, more jobs and better pay and conditions for workers in both public and private sectors, improved training, an end to closures of facilities. A further day of action is planned for 14 July. EPSU sent a message of solidarity.
Following the national protests and strike action on 8 and 15 October, health and social care trade unions are building for the next national day of action on 14 November. The unions are calling for increased funding for health and social services and measures to increase staffing and improve the pay and conditions of workers in the sectors. On the same day unions representing workers in the finance ministry and customs will be protesting over plans for major restructuring that poses a threat to jobs and services.