Medical Specialists Strike Due to Lack of Pay

Honduras HospitalMedical specialists working in hospitals in San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa stopped work this morning, demanding the payment of wage arrears.

The Leonardo Martinez hospital in San Pedro Sula, and the psychiatric hospital Mario Mendoza in Tegucigalpa, began their day with an employee strike. Wilmer Perez, trade unionist, is angered that they, “have held our salaries for the month of January and February”. Contract employees have not been paid in three months.

“We already feel sorry to have to go to a store to get credit…” “We are going to continue the informative assemblies while they do not pay us the salary arrears,” he emphasized.

In Tegucigalpa, the situation is even worse. Workers did not perform external consultations – but did work Emergency – saying the debt owed to doctors is approximately one million lempiras.

“We have almost a year of being in this type of situation, and cash has not yet been paid,” said Mario Rojas who works at the Mario Mendoza hospital.

At 2:00 PM the medical specialists were able to arrange a meeting with the staff of the Ministry of Health.

Employees have threatened to close the doors tomorrow if there is not a prompt response of the Honduran Government.

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