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Nurses declare overtime ban

By Annette Chrysostomou

THE state nursing union PASYNO has called on nurses in the cardiology lab to stop any overtime work until their pay demands are met.

The union demands the shift allowances for nurses who are on call outside their normal working hours, even if there are no emergency procedures during that time.

PASYNO said the demand is based on an existing agreement for doctors in the public sector. The union said that it could not accept different treatment and asked for a pro rata remuneration of 50 per cent.

“We have informed the finance and health ministries that they have until November 30 to meet the request,” the union stated.

Normal working hours in the cardiology lab are 7.30am to 3.00pm. After this time, a team, which includes nurses, are on call for urgent angiography, including weekends and holidays.

PASYNO also announced that union members working in the hyperbaric oxygen chambers in Paphos and Paralimni general hospitals would refrain from working overtime after November 30, 2015, suspending their on call service.

This decision, PASYNO said in letters to the two ministers, was taken because of the ministry of health had ignored previous requests for a response to their demands.

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