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Survey: Majority supports better pay for nurses

Many say nurses deserve a bigger raise than other groups whose collective agreements are also up for renegotiation.

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Some 70 percent of Finns want practical and registered nurses to gain bigger raises than other workers whose collective agreements are also expiring next spring, finds a survey commissioned by local news conglomerate Uutissuomalainen.

Left Alliance and Green voters were most in favour of raising nurses’ pay. Overall, women were more open to the idea than men.

One in five respondents opposed favouring nurses' wages over employees in other sectors.

Practical nurses working in the public sector currently earn a gross monthly base pay of 2017.41 euros while registered nurses pull down 2,323.84 euros, according to the Union of Health and Social Care Professionals (Tehy).

Finland has practiced collective bargaining since the 1970s, whereby employers and trade unions regularly negotiate wage agreements on the national and industry-specific level.

Respondents earning annual salaries exceeding 100,0000 euros as well as those affiliated with the Centre Party or National Coalition Party were the most strongly opposed to increasing nurses’ salaries.

Next spring, Finland's largest trade union for health and social care professionals, Tehy, plans to join forces Super, another union representing practical nurses, to demand a 1.8 percent annual wage increase every year until salaries in the sector are on par with salaries in male-dominated fields.

The survey, carried out by Tietoykkönnen, polled 1,000 residents at the end of October. The margin of error was 3.1 percentage points.

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