Cyprus -Allowances in health care possibly abolished -September 25, 2013

A finance ministry proposal to abolish allowances for those working in state hospitals during afternoons, Sundays and on public holidays was brought to light during a meeting between civil servants union PASYDY and the finance ministry. It can bring to an end the extra pay given to all public professionals for working outside standard working hours. These are allowances for shift work that were put in place in 1989 after a 17 day strike. Nurses already accepted a 30% cut on their wages and a 15% cut on the amount they receive for extra work on afternoons, Sundays and national holidays.



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