Faced with the silence of their supervision, the movement of nurses and health technicians in Morocco (MITSAM), returns to the charge. The democratic organization of health (ODS), it expresses its total and unconditional solidarity with the movement, in particular its program of fight which extends over 4 days, and invites the Ministry of Health to the opening of a dialogue with the movement and the promotion of its just and legitimate demands.
Indeed, on April 9, MITSAM unveiled its program to fight for ” denounce the current situation facing the public health sector in the Kingdom and the unilateral management of their supervision and the government of their claim file“, Says Fatima-Zahra Belline from MITSAM.
Thus, and during the meeting of its National Council, the movement announced the holding of a national strike of 48 hours, on April 29 and 30, 2021, with the exception of emergency services and resuscitation as well as the commemoration of the May 1, Labor Day, carrying banners of the movement. A second 48-hour national strike was also announced on May 25 and 26, 2021, with the exception of the emergency services and resuscitation, accompanied by protest sit-ins at the regional and provincial levels on the first day of the strike.
Aside from this heavy program of struggle, MITSAM called on the national offices of health unions to really defend all the claims of the health care body, instead of attending dialogues that blatantly reduce their claims file.
Strike and sit-in, the ODS supports
In its statement supporting MITSAM, the ODS noted that “ the movement of nurses and health technicians has expressed its good intentions and responsible commitments by suspending all forms of protest“, At the start of the appearance of the phantom virus,” in order to devote itself to the fight of all of society against the coronavirus pandemic ”. That said, the union deplores “ that no sign or real action of positive treatment in his protest book from the health department was observed“.
” Even worse, adds the organization, the ministry of health took the decision to adopt decree 43-13 regulating the exercise of the nursing profession on a liberal basis without any prior consultation of the representatives of the nursing profession omitting the main question which should be the prerequisite of any reform in this area of liberal nursing practice, what is the council of the order of nurses“.
The decree adopted by the department of Khalid Ait Taleb was like the drop that broke the camel’s back. For Fatima-Zahra Belline, member of MITSAM, “ and while the nursing staff was at the front to face the pandemic, the supervisory authority took the opportunity to flout the legitimate rights of this category of health personnel by adopting draft decree No. 2.21.146 amending decree No. 2.19 .830 implementing Law No. 43.13 relating to the exercise of rehabilitation professions, without any participatory approach with those concerned and while MITSAM has always called for the creation of the National Order of Nurses and Health Technicians“, To govern the sector, especially at the private level.
The various sectoral dialogues held between the Ministry of Health and the unions in the sector have also been criticized by the movement. According to our interlocutor, it is about ” the reduction by the national offices of the unions and the supervisory authorities, of the number of points contained in the protest file of the movement, but also of the + mediocre + budgetary envelope allocated to this category of health professionals ”.
The MITSAM thus accuses the Ministry of Health of not having defended the health executives and of not having brought achievements commensurate with the current context and the sacrifice they had to make. He also underlines “the regression observed on the side of the unions which have not been able to preserve the gains and defend the employees (…) by limiting their complaints to legal working time.“.
Thus, and ” in the absence of dialogue and listening to its grievances and its priority demands on the revaluation of indemnities against occupational risks, in particular in the light of the Covid-19“, The Democratic Health Organization affiliated to the Democratic Labor Organization (ODT), emphasizes that there has been” several deaths among health professionals contaminated during the exercise of their profession ”.
All of these factors have, according to the organization, strongly precipitated and contributed to the resumption of protest and struggle movements in the health sector, with the aim of asserting its legitimate demands.