COVID-19: Italian unions sign vital new agreement on safety of health workers

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On 25 March, the three Italian trade union confederations – Cgil, Cisl and Uil – signed an agreement on health workers’ safety with the Ministry of Health. The agreement covers essential preventative measures to protect workers in all health facilities and provides for the setting up of a national committee involving the trade unions to monitor the situation.

The agreement sets out strict standards of protection for all health staff including appropriate personal protective equipment, repeat tests for personnel exposed to the virus, measures to clean the work environment and emergency measures to maintain and increase staffing.

The trade unions are fully committed to implement the new agreement which is vital to protect staff on the frontline of the fight against this disease and whose self-sacrifice has already lead to many cases of infections and deaths among health workers.

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