Because health is at stake

Because health is at stake

The employees do not mince words this morning: "I am on strike because the workload is constantly increasing", says a nurse who has been working at the bamberg social foundation for four years. Eleven full-time staff were absent from her ward alone. "When we are sick, we have to help out on other wards." When full-time positions are eliminated, they are simply replaced with caregivers who do not have the same authority.

"The working hours are an imposition when we have to do all three shifts alternately and then need the free time primarily for recuperation, complains another nurse who has been with the social foundation for five years. Both agree: it’s all to the detriment of the patients’ well-being, for whom they wanted to be there. An operating room staff member agrees with you: "we need fair pay and more staff to be able to continue to care for the patients well." Another colleague, who has been on duty for 30 years, is due to go on strike for the first time today: "i am committed to ensuring that the next generation of colleagues is not left with a pile of broken glass. Because the wages of the employees are printed more and more by outsourcing."

And the four employees are not alone: they brought 200 colleagues with them so that they wouldn’t have to put up with it any longer. The union verdi had called for a warning strike. Heibt: to lay down work between 6 and 10 p.M. With a banner hundreds of meters long, the employees stand at a distance along buger strabe in front of the clinical center at bruderwald and get approving honking from passing buses and cars. "Clapping alone is not enough" is written on cardboard signs.

"As you can see, the public sector is ready for action!", doris stadelmeyer addresses the strike community. For the manager in upper franconia-west, it is not only clear that all employees in the public sector are systemically important: "the employers imagine that they could put the brakes on us, but we are putting a spoke in their wheel!"

Felix holland, chairman of the staff council of the social foundation, is also pleased that so many colleagues are exercising their right to strike: "we must demand your right to decent work and a pay rise." So far, the municipal employers’ association has not made any offer in two rounds of negotiations. The trade union verdi is demanding, among other things, a 300-euro monthly care allowance for employees as well as a crediting of break times in alternating shifts. The next talks will take place on 13. October instead.

"We had to shut down the OP program a bit and postpone ops", declares the press spokeswoman of the social foundation, brigitte dippold. The other processes in other departments have proceeded without noticeable changes. If further strikes should follow, one would naturally again ensure the emergency supply and other important expirations. "We are tried and tested for strikes."

A repetition does not seem an improbable scenario: "I hope that the collective bargaining round will end in your favor. Otherwise we will see ourselves here again", emphasizes mathias erhardt, DGB regional manager for upper franconia. After all, it’s not just about good pay, but also about supporting the domestic economy if employees can consume more locally thanks to better wages. "You gave your all and were ready around the clock. It’s a scandal that the employers don’t want to acknowledge it!", union secretary magda waldeck calls out to the strikers. Particularly during the corona crisis, employees in the healthcare sector had to face special risks. There was now no other answer than strike in the companies. "Get what you deserve!", encourage the strike community. Rude applause and the crash of bright red ratchets follow.

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