MONTEGO BAY, November 24, 2017 - Public sector nurses are sending a strong message to the government as they register their disgust over stalled wage negotiation for the 2017-2019 period with the ministry of finance.
The work action which started yesterday has resulted in disruption of services at government-run health facilities as scores of nurses in the island's hospitals reported sick.
President of the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ), Carmen Johnson, yesterday said in some facilities as much as 90 per cent of staff did not turn up for work, while in other major facilities, about 50 per cent were absent.
The NAJ president said the nurses are upset about wage negotiations. They are not happy with the government's attitude towards the wage negotiation and its offer of a three per cent wage offer in year one and year two as well as a freeze on allowances.
According to Ms Johnson, the Ministry of Finance says it will inform the nurses as soon as there is an available date to resume negotiations.
In the meantime, Opposition Spokesman on Health Dr. Dayton Campbell has urged the Government to speedily address the situation so that normality returns to the health sector.
He said the Opposition views the Government's wage offer to the nurses as an insult.
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