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Slovenia boosts health workers' wages as COVID-19 cases soar

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The Slovenian government and trade unions on Wednesday inked an agreement that will raise the wages of nurses and other health workers as the COVID-19 epidemic rages in the country, according to a report by news.cn.

"There is a lack of health workers and they are overloaded," Health Minister Janez Poklukar said in a statement. "They should get a fair payment for their work."

On Tuesday, Slovenia recorded 4,481 new COVID-19 cases, up from 3,344 cases the day before, the National Institute of Public Health reported. The highest daily number was recorded on Nov. 3, with 4,511 new cases.

According to the new agreement, about 35,000 health workers will receive higher wages, with the biggest increase going to hospital nurses. The pay rises, unofficially ranging from 4% to 25%, will become effective after collective bargaining agreements are signed, according to the Slovenian Press Agency (STA).

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