French hospital unions to strike on June 16

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A group of French unions called for a day of national action and strike on June 16.

The announcement came from 10 groups, including four of the five main unions in the hospital public service – the CGT, FO, SUD and Unsa – and the two hospital collectives – Inter-Urgences and Inter-Hospitals.

Members are calling for a general reassessment of wages, new recruiting and training plans, and “an end to the closure of establishments, services and beds”.

In the past two months, the coronavirus epidemic has kept France, or even most of central Europe, under its control, and has caused more than 29,000 deaths and nearly 189,000 infections in the country. day.

With the epidemic seemingly on the wane, hospital staff are returning to work on grievances that were in place long before the pandemic, focused on system inequalities and necessary changes.

Union action comes even after Segur de la Sante was created on May 25 by President Macron, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and Health Minister Oliver Veran, a program to lay the foundations for a system “more modern, resilient, innovative, flexible and attentive to its professionals, users and territories, with strong and concrete solutions”, according to a press release from the Ministry of Solidarity and Health.

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