The nurses' association postponed a protest rally planned for Wednesday after receiving assurances from the authorities that their demands for better pay and unified work rules would be met, an activist nurse tells Radio Farda.
August 2, 2004 - Head of the nurses' association said a protest rally had been planned for Wednesday has been postponed, considering the promises nurses have received from the Islamic government authorities about raises and work rules improvements. Nurses had planned to demand for unification of work rules in hospitals operated by various government entities and different provinces.
"We had received permission for the rally, but considering the promises we received and after an internal opinion poll, it was decided to postpone the rally," activist nurse Mojtaba Mousavi tells Radio Farda's broadcaster Farin Asemi.
Nurses oppose a government plan to privatize some of the hospitals, he adds. He denies rumors that the nurses' demonstration had been called off at the orders of Islamic president Mohammad Khatami.
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