Nursing Protest campaign

Danish nurses on strike as from 16 of April 2008

Danish nurses are ready to go on strike. The Public Conciliator has abandoned to reach an agreement between the Health Confederation and the employers' associations. The strike will break out on 16 of April.
The negotiations in the Public Conciliation Service came to an end Friday evening. The Public Conciliator has abandoned any further conciliation. The employers are not ready to meet the Health Confederation's claim for a 15%pay increase for the next three years.
That is the reason why the Danish nurses and the other members of the Health Confederation will strike as from 16 of April.
The president of the Danish Nurses' Organization Connie Kruckow states:
"We want equal pay. A Danish nurse earns only 72 DKK when an employee in the private sector with the same educational level earns 100 DKK. It is important that we at every collective bargaining negotiations get closer to equal pay. That is why we at these negotiations need a 15%pay increase".
According to Connie Kruckow, the lack of equal pay for nurses is a major problem for the Danish society and among other things this results in difficulties in recruiting new employees and retention of experienced nurses.
"For this reason it is necessary that the Danish Parliament set up an Equal Pay Commission," ]says Connie Kruckow.

All nurses on strike
All nurses at municipal and regional levels are part of the conflict. However, part of them will be working according to emergency preparedness plans.
"Our local branches and trade union representatives at the work places have worked hard the last couple of weeks to negotiate emergency preparedness plans to ensure that patients with acute and life-threatening diseases are not being affected by the strike. We do not want the patients to be hostages in this strike", states Connie Kruckow and emphasizes:
"However, the strike will hit the employers' pocket. Not least because of the tight Danish treatment guarantee which implies that more patients will be treated at private hospitals at the state's expense. This money could have been used on our pay increase and benefit even more people".
Together with the other members of the Health Confederation, The Danish Nurses' Organization is well prepared for the strike. A demonstration has been prepared in front of
the Danish Parliament on 17 of April at 13:00.
"I invite all our striking members to participate in this demonstration where we with distinct voice will speak to the politicians. Our claim is clear: We want equal pay. It is a matter of will. We have it. The question is if a majority of the Danish Parliament wants equal pay:' says Connie Kruckow.

News from the German Society of Specialised Nursing (DGF)
The Nationwide Campaign “We’ve had it” started today

Today ( November 22nd) started a campaign in Germany regarding the work conditions of nurses and patient care quality that is called: “We’ve had it”!
It is an action against personnel cutbacks in nursing and unacceptable work conditions. Nearly 50.000 nursing positions were reduced in the past years (that is about 14%), while the patient numbers increased from 15.9 Mio to 16.8 Mio at the same time. In addition, the patients’ length of stay was decreased from 11,4 to 8,6 days but the number of multi-morbid and very old patients went up. The campaign was initiated by the German Association of Nurses (DBfK) and is being supported by various German Nurses Associations (as the DGF), the German Council of Nurses (DPR) and the Trade Union for Public Services (Ver.di).

Here is the text of the campaign: “We demand the federal government and the political responsible persons in the federal states of the republic to stop the personnel cutbacks in nursing. The DBfK and Ver.di with the support of the DPR protest with a nationwide collection of signatures against cutbacks of nurses and unacceptable work conditions. Those who care for the ill and patients in need for nursing must never get sick due to unbearable stresses and strains at work. We demand: Stop the saving on our costs. High quality of nursing care by means of more and good qualified nursing staff.
The nursing state of emergency can only be abandoned by collective action.
Do protest with your signature. We need your support!”

In case you are skilled in German language you might go to the website of the campaign If you click on the little word “Unterst�tzer! above and scroll downwards you may well find the logo of the DGF as one of the supporters.
Mrs Heike Strunk, RN CCRN CRNA MN
DGF Delegate of International Affairs
German Society of Specialised Nursing
FINLAND Campaign

The threat of mass resignation is cancelled in Finland
Tehy, the Union of Health and Social Care Professionals, is the major trade union for trained practitioners of health in Finland.

Tehy news on 15th of October 2007
Because no satisfactory result was reached in the bargaining for a collective agreement on the terms and conditions of work for municipal employees, Tehy will today deliver to the Commission for Local Authority Employers, KT, and to the National Arbitrator, notice of the steps which will be taken in the intended industrial action. The intention is that Tehy will instigate the mass resignation from those municipal institutions in which the employment contracts of the 12800 participating Tehy members will cease on the 19th of November 2007. Up until then, the members of Tehy whom this threat concerns will work normally, although they will observe the overtime and shift change boycott which was declared on the 1st of October.
Finnish society must now show its health care professionals whether or not it intends to secure the health care services and to raise the pay in this sector so that it is comparable with Nordic and international pay levels. This is totally feasible in the current environment of a strong economy. It is simply a question of will. The employers and the political decision makers should both be well aware of the fact that without fast remedial action, the public social and health care services will collapse. Everyone who is participating in this industrial action is doing so voluntarily and has personally been compelled to carefully consider the justification for doing so. At this stage the threat of industrial action is focused on special nursing.

Tehy news on 19th of November

The Executive Council of Tehy – The Union of Health and Social Care Professionals - approved unanimously a negotiated pay deal on Monday the 19th November. The pay deal was reached late on Sunday the 18th of November by a mediation board in which both negotiation parties - the employer and Tehy were represented.
Also the employer, The Commission for Local Authority Employers (KT) has approved the contract.
This averted the industrial action in which about 12, 000 nurses and other health care professionals threatened to start a nationwide mass resignation campaign. In October Tehy handed to the employer a resignation notice of over 12,000 nurses – due to take effect November 20 – in protest over the lack of pay rises.
The four-year contract gives Tehy’s members pay increases of 22 to 28 percent during the next four years. Job-specific pay will be increasing between EUR 350 – 650. Members will also get a lump-sum of EUR 270 in December, a so called Christmas bonus. The agreement and the pay increases apply only to Tehy’s members and it is separate from the municipal collective labour agreement. The separate agreement means Tehy will have its own shop stewards and negotiation practices at local level. A supplementary protocol declares the resignation of over 12, 000 Tehy’s members has been cancelled.

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