Belgium now also has to deal with the spread of COVID-19 on its territory and, as in many countries, medical equipment is in short supply. Union Syndicale Fédérale welcomes USB’s decision to support the CHU Saint-Pierre, located in Brussels, to the tune of 60,000€ to enable them to obtain the respirators and personal protective equipment that are still lacking.
“In Belgium, the Coronavirus is putting the health care system to the test: medical staff are mobilised at all hours of the day and night, masks and gloves are in short supply and the emergency room is always full. As a trade union, it is essential that the rights of healthcare workers are guaranteed and that their work can be carried out in the best possible conditions” explains Niels Bracke, President of Union Syndicale Brussels. That is why Union Syndicale, the leading European public service trade union, and in particular the trade union sections based in the Brussels institutions (Eurocontrol, the European Commission and executive agencies, the General Secretariat of the Council and the European External Action Service, but also the Parliament and the European Schools in Brussels) has decided to support the healthcare staff at the CHU Saint-Pierre, located in Brussels, by helping them to acquire the respirators and other equipment they so desperately need.
Solidarity is the driving force behind Union Syndicale’s values and it was essential that, in the light of current events, the Union remembered its principles: the defence of public service, staff and working conditions. Healthcare staff are in the front line to protect us all. Without our solidarity, the system as a whole can no longer function. Union Syndicale is therefore making every effort to protect the staff of the European public service, of course, but is extending its scope for solidarity action to those who today need it most.
Union Syndicale appeals to all its members for solidarity and encourages them to make a donation, to help the CHU Saint-Pierre or any other hospital in their region.
To all of us, let’s make solidarity our priority!
You can make a donation to the hospitals network in Belgium here.
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