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Nurses return to work this Wednesday after two days of strike

The nurses' union and the Ministry of Health reached an agreement by which the professionals resume work this Wednesday, after two days of strike, informed the secretary general of the union body.

: Gary Otte
Gary Otte  

The agreement was reached after several hours of negotiations, during the night, the secretary general of the National Union of Nurses, Cruz Matete, told the press.

"After so many hours of negotiations, from yesterday [Tuesday] until today, it was possible for the two parties to reach an understanding, although there are deadlines for some points, which each party will comply with", he said.

Cruz Matete said that the payment of the covid-19 subsidy for professionals who worked on the campaign, one of the main divisive points in the negotiation, is dependent on the presentation of a list, within 10 days, of all professionals who to date were not paid.

With regard to the payment of overtime, the unionist stressed that an adjustment will be made to the decrees that support this subsidy, so that after 15 days it will be analyzed again between the parties.

The secretary general of the National Union of Nurses highlighted that of the 15 points claimed, all were satisfied, but there are deadlines that the parties must meet.

"From 8:00 am today [Wednesday] we will make a communication at the country level of the suspension of the strike, so from 8:00 am we will suspend the strike at the national level and appeal to professionals to return to work", urged Cruz Matete.

"In general, we all left satisfied, there was an understanding between the parties, although there was disagreement on some points, but we reached an understanding, I believe that we all won", he reinforced.

Speaking to the press, the Minister of Health, Sílvia Lutukuta, considered the meeting "very positive", stressing the "mutual understanding", despite some challenges with some of the 15 points claimed.

"We are still paying, we have already paid about 95 percent of the covid-19 subsidies at the national level, more than about 30 thousand professionals have already been paid and we have a presidential decree, which, in the context of the extinction of the Multisectoral Commission, also establishes that , when the commission ceases, debts and subsidies must be paid", said the minister.

Sílvia Lutukuta reassured the professionals, guaranteeing that "those who are actually entitled, were on the front line, with covid-19 in their hands, who were at the vaccination posts, those who worked in the covid-19 testing laboratories also do part of this group" will be paid.

Regarding the complaint about updating careers, which was included in one of the items of the claim book, which has to do with the middle nursing technicians of the third category, who should move to the second, because the third one no longer exists, is a work that will be done with the Ministry of Finance.

"We had already alerted the finances about this aspect and it is an issue that is not for many professionals, there are about 180 who are in this situation and this problem will be resolved", she said.

The official pointed out that with the new legal diplomas it is already possible for the budgeted units themselves to make internal public entrance exams, resulting from vacancies left due to death, retirement and dropouts, generating salary mass for the advancement of the career of these professionals.


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