2011-05-12 Algerian public health workers on Wednesday (May 11th) called for an open-ended strike next week, Tout sur l’Algerie reported. The National Union of Public Health Practitioners (SNPSP) will begin the labour action on May 16th to compel the government to honour pledges to improve benefits. The union’s decision follows the breakdown in talks Tuesday with Health Minister Djamel Ould Abbes. A truce had been in place since last year, when months of strikes by Algerian medical workers paralysed hospitals nationwide.
In related news Wednesday, Algerian anti-riot police blocked some 1,500 doctors and health care students at Mustapha Bacha hospital from marching on government buildings in Algiers, AFP reported. The students were protesting the government’s decision to end the classification of pharmacy and dentistry graduates as doctors.