UMC Utrecht will participate in ‘largest hospital strike ever’ next week

UTRECHT – Employees of all eight university hospitals in the Netherlands, including the UMC Utrecht, will stop working for the second time next Tuesday for a better collective labor agreement.

It is a 24-hour strike. The hospital staff will work a Sunday shift on a weekday, which means that all scheduled care will be canceled that day and only emergency care will continue.

Three times as many departments are participating as in the previous strike at the end of last month. 35 departments participate in the UMC Utrecht. In Maastricht, the entire hospital even runs a Sunday service. “This will make it the largest action ever in academic hospitals,” says the FNV.

In addition to FNV, CNV, the National Association of Physicians in Employment (LAD) and the healthcare union FBZ also join. The unions are negotiating with the Dutch Federation of University Medical Centers (NFU) about a better collective labor agreement for 80,000 employees in academic hospitals. The requirement is a structural salary increase of 3 percent per year for all employees and a scheme that leads to less work pressure.

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