Linden nurses strike

Linden nurses strike

Nurses at Linden began strike action Wednesday morning over their unpaid gratuity money and they say they do not intend to head back to the hospitals until they are sure the payments will be made.

The over 75 nurses marched through the streets of Linden expressing their displeasure with the way they were being treated. Many of them chanted for the money to be paid over as they braved the mid morning sun. They met briefly on the protest line with region 10 Chairman Sharma Solomon.

The Ministry of Health is very concerned about the action by the nurses and officials at the Ministry have indicated that steps are being made to douse the problem.

An official at the Region 10 Administration which overlooks accounts and payments at the hospital said the issue really has to do with the Accounts Department of the hospital failing to submit all documentation that would have processed the payments in a timely manner.

The nurses have been protesting over the past two weeks but decided to step up that protest action to a full-scale strike after their concerns were still not addressed at the end of the past week.

Union Representative Maurice Butters told News Source that the move  is necessary as there is no clear indication as to when the nurses would receive their money. He said there have been several promises that so far have not been kept.

The strike by the nurses forced students of the Charles Roza Nursing School out of the classroom and into the hospital wards to attend to patients and assist the doctors on duty.

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