United States: 15,000 nurses go on strike in the north of the country

ÉUnited States: 15,000 nurses go on strike in the north of the country

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Some 15,000 nurses working in sixteen hospitals in Minnesota and Wisconsin, in the northern United States, began a three-day strike Monday to demand better working conditions. 

It's the largest strike by private sector nurses ever in the country, says the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA), which is organizing the movement.

Waving signs like ” Patients before profits”, groups of employees gathered in the early morning to demonstrate in front of some of the establishments concerned, according to photos and videos posted by the group.

A spokesperson confirmed to AFP that the movement had started at 7 a.m. local time and was to last until Thursday at the same time.

Hospitals have planned to continue to provide care, with possible disruptions.

North Memorial Health Hospital, located in Robbinsdale, indicates on its website that it may have to do ” some adjustments for non-emergency care and services in order to ensure an adequate level of staff and to allow working in complete safety during the strike” but that it will continue to honor the appointments and procedures already planned.< /p>

The two sides have been negotiating for more than five months without reaching an agreement.

“Right now in Minnesota nurses are overworked, hospitals are understaffed and patients are overcharged “Laments in an MNA press release.

The union says it wants to seek solutions to the problems of understaffing when hospital managers only want to focus on salaries.

A group representing hospitals, for its part, claims to have proposed salary increases ranging from 10% to 12% over three years when nurses are asking for 27% to 30%.

Hospitals argue that with “the evolution health care, everyone who works in health care must adapt to the way we serve people.”

Strikes have been launched regularly in the United States for over one year old by workers tired from long working hours since the d beginning of the pandemic and frustrated with the profits of their employers.