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Latvian doctors decide to push for more than the additional EUR 10 million

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUDuring a meeting of the Latvian Health and Social Care Workers Union’s Council, members of the trade union decided to push forward for more than the EUR 10 million the government has agreed to allocate to increase wages in the healthcare sector. With that, the trade union has decided to begin pre-strike talks with Healthcare Ministry.

In spite of what head of Saeima’s Social and Labour Affairs Committee Aija Barca has said, that the allocated EUR 10 million is the maximum funding currently available, and that possible strikes and refusal to accept this amount of funding could lead to the loss of even that, the trade union has decided that EUR 10 million is not enough for workers of Latvia’s healthcare sector.

With that, the trade union has decided to submit a request to Healthcare Ministry for a 10% increase of wages, which would require EUR 22 million. In addition, it has also been decided to organize pre-strike talks. The ministry has also been asked to provide a clear plan on the use of this money. The trade union also wishes to discuss the matter of raising the wages of support staff.

The trade union plans to make its final decision in regards to future actions after talks with the ministry and before 30 November. Karlis Keris, head of the trade union, says a positive outcome of talks with the ministry would make sure there is no strike.

Keris does add, however, that the trade union does not plan to refuse the allocated EUR 10 million. He told journalists that Barca’s warning regarding the possibility of losing even the allocated EUR 10 million is considered a test for political ripeness of Saeima politicians. «If deputies wish to take care of healthcare, these ten million euros cannot be questioned. The question now is that whether or not it’s possible to find a bit more for doctors,» – added Keris.


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