Healthcare workers' needs still not heard after strike, says union

The Latvian Health and Social Care Workers' Trade Union (LVSADA) concluded after the second warning strike that the government had not heard their demands, vice-president of the LVSADA Līga Bāriņa told Latvian Radio on September 29. 

The trade union representative said that following the warning strike in July and now in September, LVSADA concluded that the demands have not been heard at the level of either the Health Ministry or the Cabinet.

Bāriņa said that the industry's responsible ministry hasn't invited the union to talks about meeting strike requirements, but instead held talks with industry organizations about the medical care pay model.

The LVSADA council would discuss the way forward, acknowledging that the union's future action would depend on the outcome of the Saeima elections and new governments.

Future strikes and protests are possible, said Bāriņa. Around 100 members participated in the first warning strike, 300 in the second, so more participants could be involved in the future.

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