Heroes of care
French health workers have taken to the streets in recent weeks. They were portrayed as ‘heroes of care’ during the corona crisis, but felt that there was not enough financial appreciation for their work. “Heroes with a minimum wage,” employees chanted during demonstrations.
French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that the salary increase is a compensation for “everyone who gave so much during this crisis.”
The salary increase mainly benefits nurses, carers and support staff. Doctors who only work in public hospitals can also benefit. On average, employees will earn an extra 183 euros every month.
The measure was announced one day before France’s main national holiday. The beginning of the French Revolution is commemorated every year on 14 July. Major events have not been organized this year due to the corona measures, but residents of the country dwell on all the work that essential employees have done.
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The PvdA and all other opposition parties believe that health care staff should be better paid after the corona crisis, but the cabinet and the government parties do not want to do that. A salary increase is therefore not in it for the time being. The healthcare staff did receive a one-off bonus of 1,000 euros.