Latvian healthcare workers' union announces warning strike

Latvian Health and Social Care Workers' Trade Union (LVSADA) agreed on a warning strike by the Cabinet on September 27 and 28, the Head of LVSADA Valdis Keris told Latvian Radio on September 20.

The motivation to take a repeat strike came from the reluctance of the Ministry of Health to comply with the requirements of the first warning strike on 27 July.

Keris said: “The government and the Saeima are currently treating health workers like dirt; they cannot do that.”

More strikes would not follow, said Keris.

"Many colleagues have said that patients are asking to spare them. They support and understand our demands. But they don't want to suffer. We need to respect this. We cannot close hospitals the way schools can be closed, for example. The consequences would be, unfortunately, the deaths of many people in a split second," Keris said.

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