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1st July 2015 - Solidarity with the protest actions of health workers in Hungary

Tuesday 23 June 2015

The salary and income situation of Hungarian health workers is very deplorable and this is also harming the care given to patients.

Dear Eurofedop members,

The salary and income situation of Hungarian health workers is very deplorable and this is also harming the care given to patients. Not only wages are low, but workers have to do long working hours. More and more people therefore decide to leave the country in order to find employment elsewhere, searching for better opportunities, and this aggravates even more the situation of health workers who stay in the country.

In order to voice the workers’ disapproval of unjust payments, work overload and unfavourable working conditions, the trade unions of health workers of Hungary are setting up protest actions and demonstrations from 23rd June to 1st July.

Thus, in order to show to the public and make the financial decision-makers understand that the care given to patients in various hospitals lags behind what can be normally expected, the trade unions have created a “demonstration hospital” where health screening services are offered to the public and, at the same time, donations are collected for children’s hospitals and paediatric units.

At the end of this kind action at the service of the public, the trade unions will organise a protest event on the 1st of July, to voice their disapproval.

The trade unions of health workers of Hungary know about the unfavourable working and salary conditions which their colleagues health care workers of many countries have to deal with and, therefore, launch an appeal to their partner organisations in European countries to express their solidarity with them and their activities.

The Working Time Directive as it is applicable today in the health sector needs to be revised. While the working time has been reduced in many other areas, employees in the health sector can legally be asked to work even 72 hours a week.

Dear Eurofedop members,

The trade unions of health workers of Hungary invite the members and trade unions of EUROFEDOP to express their solidarity with the movement and actions of health workers in Hungary and send a representative to the protest event on 1st July where one of those representatives will be asked to take the floor. To improve the wage situation and working conditions of health workers in European countries, they finally launch an appeal to their colleagues of European countries to look together for finding common solutions in the interest of securing health care for European citizens and protecting the jobs of workers in the health care sector.

Bert Van Caelenberg
Secretary General of Eurofedop


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