Health workers: "Don’t give us medals, just better pay!"

SNPI and other unions at the June 16 health demo in Paris. Photo by @infirmier-SNPI.
SNPI and other unions at the June 16 health demo in Paris. Photo by @infirmier-SNPI.

Health workers took to the streets at the end of lockdown to remind the government of its promises of better pay and conditions after months of work on the front line against Covid-19.

Protests for properly funded healthcare

Embittered nurses, doctors and care staff marched alongside retired people’s groups in nationwide protests calling for an end to budget cuts and the start of properly funded care – instead of offers of Covid medals and one-off bonuses. Protesters voiced the same theme: We don’t want medals, we want better pay, a restart to employing staff, better conditions, and a better health service, with no more hospital bed closures. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said he understood their demands and promised “a massive and significant response”.

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