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September 26, 2020

Doctors on work-in strike. General strike to follow?

Healthcare trade unions have announced that they will start a series of protests with a work-in strike that will take place throughout this week. The trade unions are backed by some professional organisations.

Their demands include the implementation of the public sector salary law, the offering of bonuses and medical services free of charge and with priority to public healthcare employees, news.ro informs.

Thus, the ‘Hipocrat’ Trade Union Federation and the Federative Chamber of Doctors’ Trade Unions in Romania (CFSMR), members of the ‘Cartel ALFA’ National Trade Union Confederation, started on Monday the series of announced protests by taking part in a work-in strike.

The initiative is backed by the Alliance of Doctors for the Modernization of the Healthcare System, the National Society of Family Medicine, the Romanian Federation of Family Doctors, as well as several county branches of the Romanian College of Doctors, the organisers point out.

Doctors point out that the decision was taken following the meeting that the leadership of the two trade union bodies had with Health Minister Patriciu Achimas Cadariu and with secretary of state Francisk Iulian Chiriac early last week. The talks focused on the healthcare employees’ demands and did not result in a clear timetable, according to the trade union members’ complaints.

The ‘Hipocrat’ Trade Union Federation and CFSMR’s demands are: the implementation of Law no.284/2010 in the healthcare system too, in the sense of using the minimum gross salary of RON 1,250 as reference point; the offering of all bonuses, such as the work conditions bonus and the Ph.D. bonus, calculated in relation to the actual salary.

Also demanded are respecting the workload and the work and rest hours for all categories of healthcare personnel, by lowering or eliminating the personnel deficit; offering medical services free of charge and with priority to public healthcare employees; raising the deducted value of medical services in hospitals, in ambulatory and in family medicine.

On March 21-27, the protesters will take part in a work-in strike and will wear armbands. On March 28, they will explain their demands within the Lower Chamber’s Health Commission, and on March 31 and April 7, they will protest outside the Labour Ministry and the Health Ministry respectively.

A warning strike will be organised on April 11-17, when activity will cease for two hours, and a general strike on April 18, when healthcare personnel will cover only one third of their activity and the emergency cases.


PM Ciolos: Government works on budget approved by Parliament


Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos refused on Monday to discuss wage raises in the healthcare system, as trade unions begun a protest.

Asked whether the state budget has funds to raise wages in healthcare, Ciolos told a press conference in Alba Iulia that the government must work with the budget approved by the Parliament in 2015, and the Executive cannot afford to unbalance the budget. Moreover, according to the Constitutional Court, any measure with an impact on the budget must state a financing source, he pointed out.

“The perception on the budget balance has a strong impact on investments in the country,” the prime minister mentioned.


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