Nurses who are members of government workers union PASYDI will stage a six-hour strike on Monday to protest the lack of staff and freeze on promotions.
The strike, from 7.30am to 1.30pm, will affect all state health facilities.
The nurses said they were prepared to call of the strike if there was a positive development in resolving their problems. Otherwise, they warned, the measures will be intensified.
The nurses said the time given to the ministry to implement its promises “has expired”.
“This decision had been taken in the hope that even at this late stage the employer will implement the agreement to avoid further inconvenience,” the statement said.
The nurses’ main grievances are the state’s refusal to lift a freeze on permanent positions as well as promotions, the refusal to discuss and improve the employment status of contract staff, and the deduction of 10 per cent from the salary of contract staff which have completed 24 months of service.
Another reason they said, is the “severe under-staffing” of departments which is getting worse, due to the “attitude of the employer to create new departments without appropriate staffing”.