Estonia -Pay raise offered ahead of strike -October 01, 2012

The Health Insurance Fund has announced that wages can rise next year by 3% for doctors and 6% for nurses and caregivers in an effort to avoid a strike, organised by the doctors' and health care workers' trade unions, that begins on 1 October. The unions want to stop the exodus of doctors and nurses to other countries. They want the health care system to return to growth from what they call a state of collapse.  ‘We seek a national collective agreement so that we can treat patients in our homeland working under normal load and for a motivational salary,’ said Iivi Luik, chair of the health care workers' union. The doctors’ trade union stated that it has enough funds to compensate its members’ foregone salaries for a few months, should the strike last that long. Meanwhile the railway workers have announced that they might support the strike.



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