People’s Health Dispatch Bulletin #42: More health workers join fight for social justice

Emmanuel Macron’s pension reform plans caused mass protests all over France, with health workers and collectives joining the mobilizations. The reform would deepen existing health inequalities between workers in different sectors, as well as women and men in the workplace, warned the collectives.

In New York City, nurses achieved important breakthroughs by striking at the beginning of January. They are now looking to expand action in public sectorhospitals. Primary health care doctors in Madrid re-launched the strike initiated in November as they struggle to engage the regional government in more substantial negotiations.

Doctors in Kenya are preparing for a possible strike over the government’s disregard of the Collective Bargaining Agreement signed in 2016. We met with Dr Mercy Nabwire from the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union to learn more about their grievances and working conditions.

Dr Şebnem Korur Fincancı, President of the Turkish Medical Association, was found guilty of “spreading terrorist propaganda” after spending more than two months in prison. International medical associations have condemned the court’s decision. They have also warned against the attempt of the Erdoğan administration to discredit the Turkish Medical Association.

In the first two episodes of the Global Health Watch podcast, Ronald Labonté talks about the global political and economic architecture, including its role in shaping health determinants. Amulya Nidhi addresses the relation between the impact of extractivism on the health of communities and their land.

In Data speaks, we look at changes in the number of abortions provided in different parts of the US after the overturn of Roe v. Wade.

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