Employees talk about the giant campus of the Dobřany Psychiatric Hospital as a city within a city. No wonder. In 32 departments, more than 1,200 people care for a similar number of patients, from the youngest to the elderly.
The local trade union has over 500 members, so those who were not on duty went to Prague to protest on Monday, according to the head of the trade union organization Soňa Vytisková.
“We are fighting for all workers. For everyone to have adequate salaries,” the trade unionist and hospital personnel officer in one person explains to Seznam Zprávám.
He describes that the current situation is difficult: they have trouble finding cooks, stokers or plumbers. Soňa Vytisková emphasizes that they are happy for anyone who applies.
According to her, the problem with helping professions is that salaries are very low. “A chef with experience earns roughly 24,000 gross per month,” he says, explaining that people often make job decisions based on benefits.
And they are also to be cut next year as part of the consolidation package of the Petr Fiala government. Half of the money is to go to the Cultural and Social Needs Fund than this year, and in addition, half of the money is to go only to supplementary pension insurance.
“This is the money that people used to pay contributions for vacations, camps, or even glasses,” explains Soňa Vytisková, and she fears that it will not only be difficult to find new employees, but also that existing ones may leave for better pay. offer.
The two workers who are in the air in front of the main building in their free time also agree. “Colleagues are in Prague. We are happy that they are fighting for us,” they note.
In Prague, the chairman of the Czech Medical Trade Union Club, Martin Engel, spoke on behalf of the medical workers at the demonstration. He explained that the health workers did not want their protest to affect care. “Let’s not be pitted against each other,” he told patients, noting that doctors initially objected to overtime adjustments that would turn them into serfs. “Now we want more, we want to maintain quality and affordable health care for you patients and us health professionals,” he said.