Germany - Union petition calls for decent work in health sector - May 6, 2011

To coincide with the opening of the German labour market to citizens of the eight central and Eastern European countries that joined the European Union in 2004, services union ver.di has launched a petition calling for decent work in the health sector across Europe. Ver.di argues that it is more important than ever that health workers have decent pay and conditions and that they get equal pay for work of equal value at the workplace. The union has called on German health employers to adopt the ethical code on cross-border recruitment and retention in the health sector as agreed by EPSU, the European Federation of Public Service Unions, and HOSPEEM, the European hospital employers’ organisation, in 2008.


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