Sunday, June 24, 2007

Nurses refuse to meet PM outside his office

Protesting nurses have rejected government’s suggestion – they announced they will not accept Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński’s invitation and will not attend a meeting in the Centre for Social Dialogue.

Polish Nurses and Midwives Trade Union (OZZPiP) insists on a meeting with the PM only in his office.

The talks in the Centre for Social Dialogue are scheduled for Monday. At the same time the nurses were called to leave the PM’s Chancellery.

Government spokesman Jan Dziedziczak said that on Saturday secretary of state in Prime Minister’s Office Małgorzata Sadurska had given a letter with invitation for talks on Monday to head of OZZPiP Dorota Gardias.

Gardias is one of the four nurses who since Tuesday occupy one of the offices in the PM’s Chancellery.

For the talks onnMonday Jarosław Kaczyński invited also members of trade unions OPZZ and NSZZ Solidarność as well as representatives of the Polish Chamber of Physicians and Dentists and the Main Chamber of Nurses and Midwives.

The condition for the meeting to take place is – as the government spokesman reminded – “that the four nurses staying in the building of the PM’s Chancellery stop breaking the law”.
vThe nurses received a letter from the head of the PM’s office which said that they are breaking the law and that any time they can be removed from the building.

In the sixth day of the protest the number of picketers in front of the PM’s office instead of decreasing constantly rises. The protesting nurses were supported by doctors and miners. (jm)