The vida services union has opened negotiations with the group of religious hospitals that employ around 16500 workers across the country and is calling for improvements to pay that recognise the efforts made by staff over the past two years. It also wants to see measures to reduce high workloads and reduce the risk of overwork leading to sickness absence. The union is calling for action on rosters to guarantee more stable work patterns and better work-life balance and more investment in personnel and infrastructure.
Union calls for recognition of hospital workers’ sacrifice in pandemic
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The health workers' union has raised serious concerns about the failure to ensure that medical workers get the appropriate compensation for the fight against COVID-19. The union has also had many reports from around the country about abuse of health workers' rights and argues that local institutions are failing to properly negotiate and consult with worker representatives. The union wants to see a much broader range of health workers who face risks of COVID-19 infection getting special payments and also appropriate support in terms of sickness insurance and provisions for recovery and
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