Estonia -Doctors and nurses’ strike continues as conflict goes to state arbitrator -October 22, 2012

A conflict about wages, working conditions and general healthcare sphere management between the doctors’ and nurses’ unions on one side and hospitals and the health insurance fund on the other side entered its fourth week, continuing on rotational basis, meaning that the specialties and clinics that were on strike alternated. Hospital personnel have been demanding changes to improve patient care and prevent medical personnel from emigrating. The conflict went into arbitration after the unions rejected the employers’ final wage offer. The health insurance fund made an offer on 12 October, which was refused by workers. Union representatives stated that the offer addressed only workload reduction in outpatient care, doing nothing for inpatient care. Secondly, wage demands were not met. The unions demanded a 23% raise for caregivers,
17.5 % for nurses and 11% for doctors to take immediate effect. The Health Insurance Fund offered 15 % for caregivers, 10% for nurses and 6% for doctors, which would take place over the course of two years.



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