France - Government attacked over nurses pay - January 1, 2010

Trade unions have criticized health minister Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin for what they perceive as misleading statements about proposed increases to nurses' pay.
The unions say that her claims that nurses will see their pay rise by Euro 2,500 only applies to a small proportion of specialist nurses and that this will only be from 2016. For new starters nurses' pay will be worth 20% more than the minimum wage from 2016. In contrast, at the beginning of the 1980s starting salaries for nurses were worth 50% more than the minimum wage. Unions are particularly angry about proposals to remove the right to retire from the age of 55.


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