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Nurses to up strike measures on Monday

Nurses protesting in front of parliament last month (Christos Theodorides)

PASYNO nurses union has unanimously decided to recommend escalating measures leading up to a general meeting due to be held on Monday afternoon in Nicosia, they said in an announcement on Sunday.

The union’s nurses have been on an indefinite strike since March 15 seeking recognition of their degrees and higher pay.

PASYNO said in its announcement the decision to escalate had been taken on Saturday evening by the union’s executive committee and called on all members to join picket lines at all hospitals.

The union said it had also set up a solidarity fund for strikers and urged members to continue with the “struggle for our just demands” and to ignore “intimidation and threats”.

A spokesman for PASYNO Theodoros Petelis told CNA on Sunday the union would present a comprehensive study on the nursing situation to the media during the week.

He said it would show that the cost of giving the nurses what they wanted would not exceed eight or nine million euros a year “and not the 40-42 million euros” being talked about by the government. The pay rises could also be implemented over time, he said.

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