Slovenia - Doctors work-to-rule after negotiations fail - November 30, 2016
Doctors started striking after failing to reach an agreement with the government on pay and workload standards in negotiations that have lasted for almost a year. The action is not a traditional strike, instead doctors decided to strictly stick to a 40-hour work week. The head of the FIDES trade union at the UKC Ljubljana hospital said there would be no major changes for the patients the first week into the strike. The action was being carried out in 13 community health centres and 11 hospitals, with most of them opting for rescheduling to cope for now. FIDES has been endorsed in the strike activities by Praktikum, a union representing general practitioners, though it is not entirely clear whether Praktikum members are also on strike. Doctors have been demanding new workload standards and a pay rise in the average salary.
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