Medical Union “due to attitude of the Minister of Health” will not participate in the meeting of the Strategic Council of the Health Sector / Day

The board of LVSADA has made such a decision in response to Pavluta’s “ignoring attitude towards pre-strike talks”.

The organization recalls that on August 23, it submitted two strike requests to the Ministry of Health (MoD) – to increase the average salary of support staff by 5% annually in 2022, 2023 and 2024, and the average salary of medical personnel in all qualification groups equally each year – by 10%.

So far, three conciliation commission meetings have taken place. During the negotiations, the representatives of LVSADA have agreed to “soften the initial requirements” for the increase of wages for three years in a row, but left the requirement for the increase of wages in 2022 in force. Representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, led by Secretary of State Indra Drake, called for clarification of the reference points and the necessary amounts.

With the help of Deputy Secretary of State for Finance Boris Kņigin, this was done on 15 September. Both parties conceptually agreed on a possible settlement – in 2022, the average monthly salary for all qualification groups of medical personnel will be increased by 10%. The LVSADA Council found such a settlement to be supportable. However, the final consent of the Ministry of Health has not been received yet, accuses LVSADA.

The organization claims that during the more than two months of pre-strike talks, “the health minister has shown no initiative in reaching a constructive settlement.”

The LVSADA Council will decide on further action in connection with the strike on December 21.

“The VM has had several meetings with union representatives under the pre-strike warning procedure and there has been a detailed discussion on the issue of doctors’ pay, so I really can’t agree that there has been no dialogue,” Pavluts said of the union.

He also added that what the MoD can agree with the LVSADA is determined by the framework and limits of the government’s decisions on next year’s draft budget.

It has already been reported that the LVSADA called on the deputies of the Saeima not to vote for the next year’s state budget until the increase of medical salaries by at least 10% in 2022 is ensured. The organization expresses confusion and outrage at the budget bill approved by the government, which will be submitted to the Saeima.

According to the LVSADA, not less than 75 million euros are needed for medical salaries to grow in line with the increase in salaries in the country. The trade union included this issue in time in the strike demands and in negotiations with the Ministry of Health has reached a conceptual agreement that in 2022 the average wage in the tariff part will be increased by 10% for all medical personnel.

According to LVSADA, despite the additional physical and mental strain on the medical staff caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the government has decided to allocate only 35 million euros to the increase in the salaries of medical staff, which is not even half of what is needed.

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