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Nurses Strike Continues

Published tisdag 22 april 2008 kl 12.09
Day Two Of The Strike

Tuesday saw day two of the nurses strike amidst mixed reaction from politicians and the media to Monday’s first day of action when more than 2 and a half thousand nurses and healthcare professionals across Sweden walked off the job in a dispute over pay.

Some newspapers speculated whether the current dispute would outlast the previous strike by the nurses union, Vårdförbundet, the Swedish association of health professionals, which lasted for seven weeks in 1995 and was also over higher pay.

Most also carried stories of patients affected by the industrial action, as well as readers polls, for or against the strike.

Monday’s action affected more than 50 hospitals and healthcare centres, as nurses, midwives, biomedical scientists and radiographers called for a 14 percent wage increase over two years.

”Everyone agrees that our work is necessary to provide good and safe care, but not everyone agrees on what this is worth,” Tor Enqvist, a spokesman for Vårdförbundet, told AFP.

The employers labelled the strike action as ”unfortunate” and said the demands were unreasonable.

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