Estonia -Strike ends as hospitals meet health workers wage demands -November 26, 2012

Hospitals unions have ended the strike as a deal was reached on pay increases. As reported in the September and October newsletters, health care workers went on strike as the Hospitals Association failed to meet wage demands, posed by the unions to halt an exodus of health workers to better paying EU member states. The workers declined a wage offer of 3% for doctors and 6% for nurses and caregivers made on the eve of the strike and last month declined a follow-up offer of 15 % for caregivers, 10% for nurses and 6% for doctors. The pay deal that ended the strike and on the basis of which a collective agreement will be drawn up, now includes a 23% increase for caretakers, 17.5% for nurses and 11% for doctors.



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