Nurses at two of America’s largest hospitals in New York City have joined a strike to demand higher pay, adequate manpower and better working conditions due to rampant inflation. Over 7,000 nurses have gone on strike since yesterday (Monday) after negotiations with the city authorities failed.

Before that, the authorities held talks with the New York State Nurses Association until late Sunday night. But after negotiations failed, 3,500 nurses at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx County, New York, and 3,600 at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan went on strike.

Nurses union officials say they are demanding higher wages to keep pace with America’s rampant inflation. Besides, the hospitals are having to take care of more patients due to decreasing manpower day by day which has put a lot of pressure on them. Time has come for hospitals to take effective measures for nurses.

In this regard, their dignity and respect should be protected and necessary measures should be taken to ensure that nurses can provide the highest level of patient care.

A nurse who joined the strike said, “We were heroes during the Corona epidemic two years ago. We were on the front line when everything was coming to a standstill. Now we want to take a moment to explain to the hospital authorities what this strike means for the hospital and the patients.”

Most private hospital contracts have expired on December 31. But a fresh deal could not be struck as talks failed in recent days.

(10 January/ES)