Midwives reject compensation proposals

21st January 2009, Comments 0 comments

Midwives are planning protest action against insufficient compensation for heavy workload.

AMSTERDAM—A meeting of the Royal Netherlands Organisation of Midwives (KNOV) has decided that the offer made by the Netherlands Care Authority (NZA) by way of compensation for the pressure of work is insufficient.

A midwife currently works an average of 53 hours a week, without compensation for being on call during evenings and nights. The KNOV wants this reduced to an average of 40 hours a week, the equivalent of 100 pregnancies a year. The NZA has offered a norm of 110 pregnancies per midwife per year. This corresponds to a 49-hour week.

The KNOV will start with a non-disruptive action next week: the parents of newborn babies will be asked to send birth announcement cards containing action slogans to the NZA.

Radio Netherlands/Expatica

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