Nurses stage protest for public employee status

Health-care employees on Saturday staged a demonstration in Budapest to protest for restauration of their public employee status and a 30 percent wage hike.

Zoltan Balogh, the head of nurses’ chamber MESZK said that the government’s changing the legal status of health professionals in March had been “a slap in the face” and insisted that the government had not consulted with the unions before the changes were passed into law.

Balog noted that some 3,000 health-care employees had refused to sign the new employment contracts they were offered due to “serious contraditions and unfair conditions” in the document. He said that people in the sector were “overworked and increasingly discontent”.

Gyula Kincses, the head of doctors’ chamber MOK expressed support for the protesters’ demands and said that “treatment is impossible without nurses”. He noted the mortality figures during the coronaviru pandemic and said that “having the technology is useless without proper nursing”. He said that providing high-level health-care services required nurses who received decent pay and were not exhausted.

At the end of the event, Balogh read a communique which he said they would also hand over to decision makers. The communique demanded the restoration of the public employee status of health-care workers, a 30 percent wage hike and the renewal of the pay scale for the sector.

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