Union calls for €500 minimum increase at hospital group


The ver.di services union is calling for a 10.5% (minimum €500 a month) pay increase for the 21000 workers covered by the collective agreement at Helios, the biggest private hospital group in the country. The union argues that the hard work of health employees needs to be recognised at the same time as the need to protect workers’ purchasing power in the face of soaring inflation. Ver.di wants a 12-month agreement and rejects the idea of any compensation in the form of a one-off payment. Meanwhile, the union has criticised the impact of the commercialisation of care in light of the collapse of the Curata company that runs 40 care homes and psychiatric facilities. The insolvency leaves 3000 workers worried about their future and 4000 people concerned about how to get the care they need.

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