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Union Demands 50% Pay Rise for Healthcare Workers

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.10.09.

Healthcare workers’ union FESZ on Thursday demanded an average 50 percent wage increase for healthcare employees not affected by the wage hikes for doctors, which was approved by parliament earlier this week.

FESZ said in a statement that the law passed on Tuesday would lead to “grave difficulties” in the treatment of patients and the ability of health-care workers to perform on-call duty.

Unless the entire health-care sector is compensated in direct proportion to its expected losses, the health-care system will likely see a mass exodus of workers, FESZ said, adding that the “biggest losers” would be the patients in need of treatment.

The union called on the government to compensate health-care workers for their increased workload caused by the coronavirus epidemic and the phasing out of gratuities, and to maintain existing wage ratios between doctors and other health-care employees.

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FESZ also said it wants to enter into talks with the doctors’ union on its proposed wage increase and the sector’s employment regulations.

featured image illustration via Márton Mónus/MTI


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