Health workers strike in Montenegro

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) – More than 4,000 state-employed health workers in Montenegro have gone on an indefinite strike demanding higher wages and improved working conditions.

Two Montenegrin health unions said Monday they would not give up until their demands are met by the government. They called on the rest of the country’s 4,300 medical workers to join the strike.

The unions say the average monthly salary of Montenegrin doctors is €470 ($666) while nurses earn €270 a month. They are demanding a 20 percent wage hike for both categories.

The unions say only patients needing urgent medical care will be treated during the strike — the biggest by health workers since Montenegro split from Serbia in 2006.

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