A group of Iran nurses and medical staff held a protest outside the Ministry of Health on May 13, 2020, to demand their long overdue payments and fees as well as permanent employment by the ministry.
One of the nurses participating in this protest said contractors who do not have any experience in medical issues are employing nurses and paramedics as daily laborers and on temporary contracts.
“Having no insurance or annual benefits, as well as discrimination against the personnel who are employed on temporary contracts compared to those who are officially employed, have made daily life difficult for us. Every day, we are under stress of beingfired. We will no longer tolerate this situation and we will not stop our protests until our demands are met.”
Another nurse said, “We have been in the hospital round-the-clock, 24-hours a day for three months. Not only they do not pay us any fees for the difficulty of our job, our annual benefits and our overtime fees, but they have not even paid our past-due salaries. How are we going to sustain a living during this crisis with illness and high prices?”
The Iranian regime has not paid the salaries and past-due fees of Iran nurses, and has even expelled them from their jobs on various occasions.
The USAdarFarsi posted a tweet on May 12, praising Iran nurses. The Farsi tweets states: “Today, on the World Day of Nurses, we pay tribute to Iranian nurses who are the kindest and most resilient human beings. Despite the vicious and devastating global pandemic, you have tirelessly endeavored to save the lives of your compatriots. We thank you for whatever you have done for the health of Iranians and the world’s people through fighting the virus and saving lives. You are the true heroes!”