ON STRIKE, THE SAMU WANTS TO TREAT HIS ILLNESS

ON STRIKE, THE SAMU WANTS TO TREAT HIS ILLNESS
ON STRIKE, THE SAMU WANTS TO TREAT HIS ILLNESS

Better working conditions are what national Samu healthcare staff are demanding. Laying a bundle of grievances on the table of the authorities, the latter have been observing a 48-hour work stoppage since yesterday morning to demand more consideration from those who lead them. They are hoping for a prescription to cure their ailments.

Yesterday and today, the heart of the medical system is almost at a standstill: the National Samu has declared a 48-hour strike, only ensuring vital emergencies. National Samu healthcare workers describe their working conditions as “deplorable” and demand that they be “improved”. “The National Samu, through its two union sections, the Sames and the Sutsas, wishes to bring to the attention of national and international public opinion that behind the efforts made by this valiant nursing staff, there are hidden working conditions indescribable and completely neglected by the administration. Indeed, the Samu is currently facing an unsustainable workload to be able to reach 308 hours of effective work per month on average. A glaring lack of staff, unpaid overtime, late payment of guards. I tell you that we went for two to three months without receiving the guards for the month of February, a delay in payment of salaries. Difficult working conditions linked to insufficient provision of work clothing. Personal protective equipment is lacking,” complains Dr Mouhamed Traoré, emergency doctor at the national Samu, Secretary General Sames section at this structure, staff representative at the level of the Board of Directors and staff delegate.

Is he a sick caregiver? Facing the press on Wednesday in the premises of the National Samu, this staff continues its litany of denunciation. “As a reminder, we operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the country, braving wind and storm for the well-being of patients. All this crowned by a lack of recognition for this hard work”, supports the staff of the National Samu. Observing since yesterday morning “a work stoppage of 48 hours renewable with respect for primary emergencies”, the Samu workers, after having “deposited a platform of demands accompanied by a strike notice since February 26, 2024 on the table of the director of Samu, as well as at the level of the Ministry of Health and Social Action, have put together a package of grievances. “The various points of demand are the full payment of our seven months of Covid-19 bonus arrears and the generalization of Nepad bonuses for all contractual staff. The payment of arrears of our medical and paramedical representation allowances, as well as the effectiveness of the monthly payment of the latter. The advancement of staff, the financing of diploma training knowing that there is a budget allocated to the national Samu only for training. The replacement of our Ipm which is unusable. The staff want to be treated and do not have access to care due to an IPM which is ineffective,” they lament. “No serious negotiations have been initiated by the authorities and unfortunately all our calls for dialogue have been ignored and our expectations have been forgotten,” they regret. Having played a leading role during the Covid-19 pandemic by exposing the lives of their loved ones, these national Samu personnel are calling for more consideration, because the nursing staff are suffering.


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