Tuesday, July 07, 2015

[Vital Signs Column] Unionising the Filipino Nurses

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Alvin Cloyd Dakis, RN
July 2015 Issue

Recently, I got the chance to talk to one of the top leaders of the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) and he mentioned that there is now a proposal to unionize the PNA so it can better lobby for higher pay for nurses and to protect the welfare of nurses – after all nurses are health workers. I’m not quite sure how the elder nurses would react to this proposal, though I believe younger nurses would support this call, probably because almost all younger nurses are subjects to discriminations, unfair labor practices, hazardous work conditions, and meager salaries.