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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For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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