Doctor’s unions strike deal over pay rise

Unions representing hospital doctors will agree to gradual salary hikes stemming from an existing memorandum that was signed more than a year ago between the government and unions, union leaders confirmed after a meeting on Wednesday, January 16, with Health Minister Zuzana Zvolenská.

Unions representing hospital doctors will agree to gradual salary hikes stemming from an existing memorandum that was signed more than a year ago between the government and unions, union leaders confirmed after a meeting on Wednesday, January 16, with Health Minister Zuzana Zvolenská.

The gradual salary hikes are to be guaranteed by law and are set to come into effect as of August 2013. The overall cost of the hikes will exceed €30 million per year. According to Zvolenská, doctors’ salaries will grow in two stages: to 1.25-2.1 times the national average salary in January 2014, and to 2.3 times the national average salary for some doctors as of 2015.

"We've managed to arrive at an agreement under the terms of which we should proceed… For us, the guarantee comes in the [form of] new legislation as well as the signature of Prime Minister (Robert Fico) on the memorandum's addendum," said medical labour union head Peter Visolajský, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

Source: TASR

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