Nurses’ strike postponed to ‘give talks a chance’
Nurses were scheduled to work on a reduced Shabbat schedule in protest of shortage of caretakers, increase in patients.
Hospitalized man [illustrative] Photo: Ariel Jerozolimski
The nationwide one-day warning strike by nurses scheduled for Sunday has been
postponed to Monday, the Histadrut labor federation 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 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’s community clinics and hospitals. The nurses planned to work
according to a reduced Shabbat schedule and intended to include not only the
hospitals and clinics but also the family health (tipat halav) centers, district
heath offices and schools.
Nurses Union chief Ilana Cohen 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,” she said.