Nurses' sanctions postponed to 'give negotiations a chance'

February 24, 2012 13:02

The nationwide one-day warning strike by nurses scheduled for Sunday has been postponed to Monday, the Histadrut announced on Friday morning. This was achieved following discussions with the Treasury, the Health Ministry and the Nurses Union.

"We will give the negotiations a chance," the general labor federation said. Additional talks will be held on Sunday.

The union had planned to strike on Sunday to protest against the nurses' heavy load in the health system -- in the community and the hospitals. The nurses were supposed to work according to a reduced Shabbat schedule and planned to include not only the hospitals and clinics but also the family health (tipat halav) centers, district heath offices and schools.

Nurses’ union chief had maintained that her colleagues were "collapsing" due to the severe shortage of nurses and rising number of patients. "The situation is a catastrophe. This is an impossible situation that harms the quality of care for all Israelis. I feel I have the obligation to sound the warning bell. If no solution is found, the situation will just get worse," Cohen said.


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