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Healthcare workers protest across France in push for better pay

Healthcare workers protest across France

The rallies come as the government prepares to wrap up weeks of talks with health workers on hospital overhauls.

Doctors, nurses and other hospital staff have staged protests across France, demanding pay hikes and budget increases for a healthcare system that was pushed to the edge by the coronavirus pandemic.

The rallies came on Tuesday as the government prepares for Friday’s wrap-up of weeks of talks with health workers on hospital overhauls in response to the crisis.

Employees have long complained about insufficient staff and low pay that prompts doctors and nurses to take jobs at private clinics instead. That issue led to a series of strikes over the past year.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe promised „significant” pay increases when kicking off the talks last month, and officials have already put an additional 6.3 billion euros ($7bn) on the table.

Source: aljazeera.com


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