Polish healthcare workers protest against wages and conditions – The First News
Polish doctors marched through the streets of Warsaw on Saturday, demanding higher wages and better working conditions as the country faces a fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The protest, which brought together hundreds of health workers from across the country, started at around noon in Krasińskich Square through the center of the Polish capital.
The protesters, many of whom wore white uniforms, carried banners with slogans such as “We are living short because we are working hard”, “The pandemic of nurse and midwifery shortage has been going on for years” and “We demand decent income”.
One of the protesters, Jacek Gawłowski from the branch of the National Union of Nurses and Midwives in Kielce, south-eastern Poland, told PAP that recent wage regulations “are causing inequalities”.
“People with many years of experience earn much less than people entering the profession,” said Gawłowski.
He added that “health spending has been too low for many years … not only in terms of doctors’ salaries but also in terms of access to new methods of treatment.”
The list of demands published on Friday by the National Health Workers’ Protest and Strike Committee includes an immediate amendment to the minimum wage law, a real increase in the valuation of benefits, the hiring of more administrative staff and support and the creation of a protection system for medical personnel. against physical and verbal attacks.
After meeting with representatives of the National Protest and Strike Committee on Friday, Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki would speak directly to the protesting medical workers.