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Nursing students protest against low wages

TT/Clara Guibourg · 11 Mar 2012, 17:10

Published: 11 Mar 2012 17:10 GMT+01:00

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"I think their demand is entirely reasonable," Lotta Hjelte, vice chairwoman of the Västerbotten regional division of the Swedish Association of Health Professionals (Vårdförbundet), told local newspaper Västerbottens-Kuriren.

Sara Selin, one of the protest's organizers, is hopeful that this will lead to change.

"There are a lot of us now, and the counties are in need of very many nurses for summer work, so we're a major group who have a real chance of making a difference," she said to radio station SR.

24,000 kronor is the average monthly salary for nurses with a general nursing degree in Västerbotten county, according to Västerbottens-Kuriren.

For newly graduated nurses, the average salary in the county is 21,500 kronor.

Västerbotten's Association of Health Professionals hopes that the nursing students' demands will lead to raised salaries for the nursing profession overall.

"If new nurses receive 24,000 every month when they start working, the county and municipalities will have to do something about the salaries of those who're already working," Hjelte said to SR.

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The protest was started by last year's nursing students, and has since spread throughout Sweden. According to the association, it has already resulted in raised entry wages in the Stockholm area.

TT/Clara Guibourg (news@thelocal.se)

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18:09 March 11, 2012 by gpafledthis
Yes but what type of nurse ?? This is "fuzzy reporting" I hurl heaps of insults at thelocal.se for not clarifying !! It is sad when the reporting does not give enough info intelligently comment !! The odor starts with "students earning" !
19:03 March 11, 2012 by Abe L
Simple solution, revoke welfare for people with a degree in a field in which there is plenty of work. This leaves them with the option to suck it up or be homeless. Those are more then reasonable salaries for nurses.
22:57 March 11, 2012 by sandeep
Is it only me or do you see an anomaly when a PhD is paid 14000kr per month for work at KTH :)
23:38 March 11, 2012 by IranianAtheist
Even though the salary is low, they have a very secure job for the foreseeable future. They should fight against those bureaucratic walls that prevents them from studying further and becoming doctors instead.
08:08 March 12, 2012 by OUIJA
Typical feminists. They are students and they are protesting against low wages. What they really want, is that the wages will be high enough for them when they finish their studies. What they really want is to earn the same as all of the nurses who have worked for years and have more experience in the field than these bunch of nincompoop feminists.

Everything has to be equal, right nursing students?
08:29 March 12, 2012 by karex
#4 Not everyone wants to become doctors. Some people actually want to do what they are studying: nursing.

#5 That's not feminism, that's the effect of Jante Låg: everyone is equal, even those with no experience and who have done nothing to show they deserve something better. In the meantime, those who have spent years getting where they are are short-changed big-time.
10:57 March 12, 2012 by Swedishmyth
Centrally controlled wages? Is this Soviet Russia? Besides, there are too many people studying to become nurses. Go to an average Swedish college and you'll find 100 nursing students and 200 teachers, but 15 computer science and 25 engineers.

But maybe Swedish youth don't know about the concept of markets. Come to think of it, that's no surprise.
12:21 March 12, 2012 by kenny8076
and the swedes wonder why everything costs so much here.... because everyone wants to be rich doing average jobs..... í clean windows now.... i demand a raise!! 105 krowns an hour is not enough for this.....(hope you see the sarcasm)..... but believe it or not all the swedes i work with complain we dont make enough lol... what a joke
18:14 March 12, 2012 by OUIJA
Comment: #6 karex

You are right. It is not a matter of feminism. It is a matter of equality in a country where blacks, whites, Chinese and Swedes have to be equal, regardless of their expertise.

This "equality" jippo is the main cause for the deteroriation of education and job quality in Sweden. In the name of equality, a top engineer should not be better than a mediocre one. In the name of equality, everybody should have the same wages. In the name of equality, a genius at school should not be better than a mental retarded. And, in the name of equality, everybody should be an "hen" instead of "han", "hon".

I am very lucky that the 24 hours a day, I still can feel my "han" under my pants.
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