Public sector nurses withdraw services
Nurses in the public sector have withdrawn their services.
Nurses’ Association of Jamaica (NAJ) president, Janet Farr, says hospitals and health centres across the islands are being affected by the action.
The NAJ president says nurses are upset about the government’s protracted delay in paying retroactive money from the reclassification of the health sector.
Farr says the money has been owed since 2013.
She says in a wage meeting in June the NAJ was told by the government that money was set aside to honour the payment.
However, the NAJ president says the government has since indicated to the association that the payment will have to be further delayed to February 2016.
However, Farr says nurses will not tolerate further delays and are demanding that the government address the matter urgently.
She says the NAJ are not prepared to move forward with wage negotiations until the matter of retroactive payments associated with the health sector reclassification is settled.