Nicosia - Around 60 disgruntled nurses and midwives yesterday gathered outside Parliament to protest against government plans to slash their shift allowance in line with a Troika-driven obligation to cut overtime pay in the public sector.
The nurses and midwives, who staged the “peaceful protest” during their free time, while the House Finance Committee discussed the Health Ministry’s budget, do not express the official position of the nurses sector of the Civil Servants Union Pasydy.
In a letter to the House of Representatives, protestors demanded equal and fair treatment.
“Cyprus’ nurses and midwives clearly state that they demand equal and fair treatment,” the nurses said.
Meanwhile, Prodromos Argyrides head of the nurses sector of Pasydy was clear that the union did not participate in the protest.
“The sector does not officially participate in the protest but it does not forbid it either. It is the right of every colleague to claim his/her rights as he or she believes.
“This was not a strike, it was only a protest by some nurses during their free time,” he told The Cyprus Daily.
The sector, Argyrides said, is “cautiously optimistic” that a solution will be found to meet the nurses’ demands through an ongoing dialogue between Pasydy and the Finance Ministry.
“There is a delay in meeting our demands which is cause of concern for us but we believe it will be to our benefit as all matters concerning civil servants’ pay are being discussed.”
“Our decision to take drastic measures unless the government decision is satisfactory still stands but we believe things will develop in a positive way,” he added.
Argyrides explained that the Troika’s demand was for the government to reduce overtime in the Civil Service and not shift allowances for routine work as the Finance Ministry understood.