Contracts of 160 Corfu Hospital contract workers to end within 2024
CORFU. Low turnout at the protest by the two hospital employees΄ Unions.
The two Corfu Hospital Employees' Unions are demanding that the 160 contract workers whose contracts will end within 2024 be made permanent, noting that their departure will lead to further understaffing of the hospital.
A protest was held at the hospital entrance, as part of today's nationwide work stoppage (10:00-15:00) declared by the Panhellenic Federation of Public Hospital Workers (POEDIN), in which the Union of Corfu Hospital Employees and the Corfu Hospital Psychiatric Department Employees Union are participating.
The few people gathered demanded the immediate renewal of the contracts of all contract workers in public health facilities for at least one year and with a legislative regulation to make them permanent with full labour and salary rights.
They cover permanent needs
As the President of the Corfu Hospital Employees Union Dina Ioannou told Enimerosi, the contracts expiring on 31 December 2023 have currently been extended for only a few months and the departure of about 160 employees of the hospital with flexible terms of employment will lead to further understaffing of the hospital.
She said that only 45% of the positions are currently filled, resulting in problems in the operation of several clinics.
"Contracts for auxiliary staff (administrative and nursing) were renewed until May 2024, for resident nurses and cleaning workers for another three months, while tenders for contractors continue," she said, stressing that the contract workers cover permanent, constant, urgent and increasing needs.
The work stoppage declared by the two Hospital Workers' Unions was supported by the Public Sector' Movement in a statement calling for permanent and stable work for all.