Dalley: Payments for nurses can be brought forward, but ...
The Minister with responsibility for the Public Service, Horace Dalley, says only the Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips and other senior technocrats in the ministry can change the scheduled February deadline for nurses to get their outstanding money.
Speaking on Beyond the Headlines on RJR yesterday, Dalley said other public sector workers are scheduled to get certain payments later this year and the nurses will have to wait until their turn.
However, he admits that the payments for the nurses can be brought forward either if government revenue increases or if the Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips intervenes.
Dalley also says for the nurses to get the money early, they will have to sign the previous 2012-2015 wage agreement that ended in March.
He says the nurses got all the benefits under the old deal although they did not formally sign it.
The nurses and the government are now in negotiations for a wage deal for the 2015-2017 period.