Latvia -Health care workers dispute continues -November 19, 2015

Following protests against major budget cuts in health care, reported in last month’s newsletter, health care workers went on strike. Workers are angry that funds are reduced from an already low 3.1% of GDP to 3% next year. Fuelling the protests is the fact that the state budget as a whole is growing at the same time that health care funds are being reduced. Trade unions said the government is choosing guns over health care, as most of the money cut from different budget lines is going to the defence ministry. The union demands that the average healthcare worker's salary is raised 10% starting from 1 January 2016.

English: http://www.baltic-course.com/eng/markets_and_companies …  

http://www.baltictimes.com/latvian_government_reaches_for_guns_over_health_care/

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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