Compromise signed over wage increases for Polish nurses
PR dla Zagranicy
Minister of Health Marian Zembala has signed an agreement with unionists representing Polish nurses, after a long-running battle for wage increases.
Minister of Health Marian Zembala. Photo: PAP/Radek Pietruszka
The final talks lasted 11 hours on Tuesday, running late into the night.
The National Trade Union of Nurses and Midwives had originally demanded an increase of PLN 1,500 (about EUR 357) over a three-year-period, in yearly PLN 500 portions.
However, the health ministry had argued that such an overall rise would not be possible until 2020.
Under the terms of the compromise, nurses will be given a PLN 1,600 rise over a four-year period, with PLN 400 increases each year.
“Each of the parties wanted to reach an agreement and therefore a compromise was worked out with concessions to both sides, but at the same time with a clear solution to the problem, which had remained unsolved for more than eight years,” Minister Zembala said.
A vast nurses' protest was held in Kraków in May, followed by a strike at a hospital in central Poland in June, and a demonstration in Warsaw on 10 September. (nh/rk)