Health and care unions present ambitious bargaining demands


The vida and GPA services unions have just launched their main demands in the “social economy” sector negotiations that cover 130,000 in private health and social care. The unions are calling for a pay increase that not only covers inflation (currently topping 9%), but also takes into account the hard work put in by employees over the past year. The unions also want to see more staff recruited and more free time, with the pandemic exposing the impact of staff shortages. They have a range of specific demands relating to overtime, job classifications and mileage allowances – all elements that can help boost pay. Other issues include improvements in the preparation time for childcare workers, a flexibility payment for short-term changes in rosters, higher pay for apprentices, support for apprenticeships with a high school diploma and a further reduction in working hours, after the implementation of the 37-hour week in 2020.

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