Iranian nurses protest low wagesPublished by International Liberty on February 25, 2015
Nearly 1,000 nurses attended a rally in front of Majlis (‘Parliament’) in Tehran on Sunday, 22 February, to protest their low wages and increasingly difficult working conditions. They complain that for years their salaries have not been raised, while their workload has increased considerably.
It is nearly a year since nurses started to organise protest actions in Tehran and other cities in Iran.
Due to difficult working conditions, many nurses left their hometowns and migrated to Tehran and other major cities in search of work.
According to international standards, there should be a minimum of two nurses per hospital bed each day, while in Iran, according to official reports in Iran there is on average less than 1 nurse a day per hospital bed.
The shortage of nurses has forced nurses to work many hours in overtime.
It is estimated that some 40 nurses leave Iran every day to work in other countries making the situation in the hospitals even more difficult.
Canada is the first immigration destination for Iranian nurses with close to 50 percent, while the UAE attracts some 30 percent of immigrants.
Australia, the USA and the UK are among other major destinations for Iranian nurses who flee harsh working conditions and low wages.