Ambulance workers in Petrozavodsk planned work-to-rule because of low wages

FullSizeRender-1000x750.jpgSome of the drivers, hospital attendants, and paramedics of the ambulance station in Petrozavodsk will stop going on calls in understaffed teams. They planned a work-to-rule because of low wages and lack of health workers at the stations. The emergency hospital administration responded with a «letter from colleagues condemning the rioters.» On August 28, this information was confirmed to «7x7» by the Chairman of the primary organization of trade Union Deystvie (Action) of the emergency hospital in Karelia Olga Chayka.

The paramedics said that they will go on strike if the authorities do not fulfill the requirements of the Union members (increasing the number of teams, returning long-service bonus, proficiency of drivers and night work, raising salaries to the regional average of 41 thousand rubles) till September 15.

On August 26, the staff of the emergency hospital sent an appeal to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, the head of Karelia Artur Parfenchikov, the Ministers of Health of Russia and the Republic of Karelia, and the chief doctor of the emergency hospital in Karelia Alexei Heifets.

As it is written in the appeal, medical assistants are currently paid 24 thousand rubles, nurses — 22 thousand rubles, and drivers — 18 thousand rubles, the Union drew the attention of the authorities that the Karelian workers should have «Northern allowances», but in fact their salary is the same or even lower than those of physicians from Central Russia.

Health workers decided to go on strike because doctors mustn’t work several full-times to earn more, while their work is so hard and demanding. Working overtime, according to the authors of the appeal, potentially leads to medical errors and constant fatigue.
The requirement to equate the salary of medical personnel to the average in the region was among the «May Decrees» of Vladimir Putin in 2012. In April and June work-to-rules were held by the employees of the ambulance from Penza and Novgorod oblast. After the strikes began, the authorities agreed to make concessions and partially satisfied the demands of the union members. 

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