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Staff on strike at 11 Brussels hospital sites

09:40 03/06/2019

Staff at 11 hospitals in Brussels have walked out on strike in a protest against underfunding and worsening work conditions.

The 24-hour strike began on Sunday evening and affects public hospitals that are part of the Iris network.

These include Brugmann and Saint-Pierre hospitals, the Bordet Institute, Queen Fabiola children's hospital, Molière-Longchamp and Etterbeek-Ixelles.

A minimum level of service is in place, similar to that normally provided on a Sunday. Some consultations are likely to be cancelled.

Three trade unions representing medical and administrative staff are behind the industrial action. They say healthcare workers face ever greater pressure, with a vicious circle of underfunding, increased workload and more stress-related absences.

Photo: Herwig Vergult/Belga

Written by The Bulletin


Frank Lee

How fortunate are we to work in a place with no pressure, overfunding, and decreased workloads? By the way, when you guys return to work after the strike, there will be a backlog of paperwork to be dealt with, as the patients, them, don't have the luxury to put their cancer, heart disease, or broken leg on strike.

Jun 3, 2019 11:21

The shut-down affects town halls, social aid agencies and the five Iris hospitals of the region, spread over 11 sites

Jun 4, 2019 12:49

Staff that work for the 19 municipal and social services councils in the Brussels-Capital Region as well as those that work in the public hospitals that are part of the Iris group plan to stage a 24-hour strike on Thursday 8 November. In a joint press statement released on Wednesday morning the unions say that pressure of work on the members is simply too high and that they receive “a miserable wage” in exchange.

Feb 18, 2020 21:08