Hospital workers on strike in St Ann, St Mary
Several categories of workers in St Ann and St Mary have stopped working to press for the payment of increments.
Porters, attendants and patient nurse assistants represented by the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU) withdrew their services at the St Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital, the St Ann’s Bay and Claremont clinics in St Ann and the Port Maria Hospital in St Mary.
The workers say the payments were promised for the end of May.
But according to the North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA), this is not true.
A NERHA spokesperson said at a meeting in March, the workers were informed that the payment of arrears would not be made in May but 'as soon as possible".
"They were subsequently advised in May that the payment would be made in June 2015," the NERHA spokesperson said.
However, BITU Assistant Island Supervisor George Nicholas has disputed this claim.
Nicholas told The Gleaner that NERHA had issued a memorandum indicating that payment would be paid on May 20.
"It wasn’t paid then and when we called them they said it would be paid at the end of May," Nicholas said.
Both parties have agreed to meet this afternoon to discuss the impasse.
In the meantime, a NEHRA spokesperson said the industrial action has not adversely affected operations at the St Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital.