Labor chairwoman Shelly Yacimovich criticized the Finance Ministry on Monday for stalling the wage contract negotiations with the Israel Nurses Union, and called on the Treasury to hold talks with the nurses to resolve the issue.
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"It is time the Treasury stopped bluntly dismissing the nurses and hold serious negotiations with them," Yacimovich said.
The union decided to go on strike to protest against the nurses’ heavy load in the health system’s community clinics and hospitals.
"There is an inhumane workload on the nurses, which seriously affects treatment given to patients," Yacimovich said.
"All of this happens while, alongside the public health system that is slowly dying out, the private health system, meant only for those who can afford it, is expanding. This is a distorted situation that requires remedy," she added.