Arab News Japan
TOKYO: For the second time in a row, 8 nurses and doctors from Futawa Hospital in Funabashi city near Tokyo have gone on strike to denounce the decrease in their end-of-year bonus.
Futawa Hospital, for reasons of budgetary savings, has chosen to reduce the end-of-year bonuses allocated to medical workers.
Nurses and doctors who believe they are essential medical workers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic had to make work coats themselves with garbage bags during the period from April to June of this year 2020 and they had to also buy face masks off the shelf as the hospital faced a shortage of equipment.
In a statement to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, nurses and their supporters denounced non-compliance with laws relating to medical workers as the medical system at Futawa Hospital threatens to collapse.
The nurses also asked officials of the Ministry of Health, the revaluation of their bonus to 200,000 yen, the end of wage discrimination between health workers and different hospitals. Health workers have also called for the hiring of new staff to deal with the pandemic.
Protesters after going to Funabashi Town Hall, gathered outside the Ministry of Health and Welfare Labor in the Kasumigaseki district of Tokyo and gave a press conference in an annex of the Japanese parliament. About fifty supporters from other Tokyo hospitals and the paramedical sector gathered.