Nurses will rally on August 5 in order to demand for better pay and working conditions, an activist nurse tells Radio Farda. However, the venue for the rally would depend on the government’s permit, he adds. July 25, 2004 - In the meeting yesterday of the supreme council of the nurses’ association it was decided to hold a rally on August 5 to press for nurses’ demands, activist nurse Mojtaba Mousavi tells Radio Farda’s broadcaster Farin Asemi.
The venue for the planned rally, which is expected to be quite large, has not been determined, and would depend on the permit, he adds. Nurses’ association has proposed the Majles, the healthcare ministry and the management and budget organization as three possible venues for the rally, he says.
A group of MPs will soon present a draft bill to the Majles, which among other things would classify the job of hospital nurses among the dangerous and arduous jobs, which benefit from extra pay, longer vacations and earlier retirement. “The nurses’ association has not participated in drafting the bill, and has many ideas of its own about reforming the rules, but has not finalized the ideas yet,” Mousavi says.
“We believe that the different sets of rules governing nurses' work in government hospitals, private hospitals and hospitals run by the social security organization should be unified, he adds. “Now, every institution and every town and city has its own rules, which is regrettable.”