Urals' ambulance workers rebelled against low wages

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Urals' ambulance workers rebelled against low wages
Urals' ambulance workers rebelled against low wages
29 June, 01:39SocietyPhoto: Новые Известия
In Magnitogorsk (Chelyabinsk region), almost 300 employees of the local ambulance station signed a demand for a pay increase. “We work like doctors, we get paid like nurses,” the workers say. Novye Izvestia looked into the situation.

Alexander Dybin

As Azamat Safin, the head of the Deystvie trade union branch in the Magnitogorsk ambulance station, told Novye Izvestia, the reason for the appeal was the situation with the collective agreement, which should be signed in July. On the part of the workers, the dialogue with the management was conducted by the trade union of medical workers loyal to the administration, therefore, nothing has changed in the collective agreement that was in force before that in favor of the doctors. This prompted the workers to sign the letter, which was sent to 15 recipients: State Duma deputies and federal authorities. In total, the document was signed by 297 employees of the ambulance station.

“We demand assistance in improving the availability of medical care in the Chelyabinsk region,” says Azamat Mustafin. - In particular, to ensure that the number of brigades complies with the standard. One team per 10,000 adults, one pediatric team per 10,000 children, and specialized teams one per 100,000 inhabitants. Now there are not enough teams. During the most stressful months of the pandemic, the availability of medical care dropped sharply. Thus, some calls were served in Magnitogorsk with a delay of more than 48 hours. It is worth noting that the ambulance system is an emergency service, and therefore it should be redundant in cases of emergency, pandemic or increased terrorist threat".

Медработники собрали почти 300 подписей.
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In addition, doctors require to fix in the contract a number of clauses that allow you to increase wages. For example, if you have to work part-time or outside the assigned territory, the allowance should be 25% of the salary. They also demand to return the previously reduced bonus for the length of service up to 80% of the salary for working more than 7 years. Now, according to workers, the difference in wages between newcomers and old-timers is only 3,000 rubles.

According to the paramedic of the Magnitogorsk ambulance Vladimir Kolesnikov , the only thing that keeps doctors in the ambulance now is covid payments, which practically double the salary. But the medical community is already preparing for the abolition of these payments. By regulatory documents, they have been extended until the end of 2022.

“A significant part of the team is young people who came to the ambulance during the pandemic and simply did not see the usual beggarly salaries,” says the medical worker, “most of the ambulance workers are paramedics, we have only a few doctors. At the same time, the load on the paramedic is full, and during the pandemic it was also increased. At the same time, according to the norms, the salary of a doctor should be twice the market average. In the Chelyabinsk region it is about 80 thousand rubles. But paramedics fell out of this norm. If you work for a rate, you will receive 33 thousand, if for two - 55 thousand. It turns out that we work like doctors, but we get paid like nurses. The only thing that eases the situation is covid payments. Already, people are waiting for their cancellation and are looking for other places. At the same time, a physician with experience in ambulance is willingly taken to any institution, if everyone scatters, who will work? Now there are not enough teams".

The situation in Magnitogorsk is not unique. Similar problems are noted throughout the country. For doctors, the only way to maintain their usual level of income and standard of living after the abolition of covid payments may be amendments to collective agreements. The difficulty is that salaries are regulated in each region in its own way, and each team enters into labor relations with a specific institution. The system is very complex and confusing, and for many, the only way out is to move to another region, where ambulance doctors are paid more.

An ambulance doctor, a representative of the Action organization in St. Petersburg, Grigory Bobinov, told Novye Izvestia that the migration of medical workers is already visible.

“In the regions, wages are a key topic,” the expert says, “often people do not understand who and what the payment depends on, each region writes its own salary regulations, setting unreasonably low tariffs, and it is not clear who calculates them. Unfortunately, people do not always understand what a collective agreement is and how to prescribe a clear distribution of incentive payments and other allowances. This problem is multifaceted and is connected with the fact that for 15 years those who are now in power in medicine have prescribed all the rules for themselves. Ordinary people are just beginning to understand that no one will do anything for them and everything needs to be achieved on their own. Now I see how people from all regions come to us in St. Petersburg: Kursk, Oryol, Lipetsk, Bashkiria. People just vote with their feet, moving to regions where the pay is better. I think that with the abolition of covid-19, this process will intensify".

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