EPSU backs health union in pay dispute


EPSU sent a letter to the Ministry of Health in support of demands by the LVSADA trade union that promised pay increases for health workers should be honoured. The union says that in April this year the Ministry made a commitment to award doctors a 4.5% pay increase this year along with pay rises for other medical staff. The union called for the increases to be applied from 1 July and then conceded 1 September as a fall-back date. However, the Ministry is now claiming that funding is not available for pay increases as the priority is to focus on increasing services. LVSADA is clear that unless health workers get a decent pay rise there will be no resolution to the staffing crisis and so delivery of additional services would be impossible. The union’s council meets on 19 September to decide on what action to take.

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