Montenegro's government rejects healthcare workers demands for higher wages.

By bne IntelliNews November 7, 2011
The government of Montenegro will not approve the increase in salaries of employees in the healthcare and judicial sector demanded by union representatives, according to finance minister Milorad Katnic, mnnews.net reported. "The demands for an equal pay rise for all medical and judicial workers cannot be met. However a fiscal reserve can be created by optimising the number of workers and rationalising costs,' Katnic added. Protests of healthcare workers started in end-September and were related to size of salaries in the sector. A total of 5,000 healthcare workers, dissatisfied with their wages, were on strike on Wednesday, November 2. The union's demand was for a 7% rise in salaries, which represents a pay increase of EUR 60.9 per employee, Ljiljana Krivokapic, president of the Healthcare Trade Union said earlier this month.

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