Got TIPS or BREAKING NEWS? Please call 1-284-442-8000 or Email ALL news; ads call 1-284-440-6666

NAJ, Gov't Sign Wage Deal

September 13th, 2018 | Tags:
Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke. Photo: Jamaica Gleaner
Jamaica Gleaner

The Government and the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) yesterday (September 12, 2013) signed a wage agreement for the 2017-2019 contract period.

Among the key points in the agreement are:

* Increases in salary and salary-related allowances of 5% in year 1; 2% in year 2; 4% in year 3; and 5% in year 4;

* An increase in the amount for the provision of scholarships at the Masters level from $1 million to $1.5 million per scholarship

* An increase in the amount available for tertiary grants to nurses from $5 million to $8 million per annum; and

* The provision of four 30 seater buses to the Ministry of Health to assist with the transportation of nurses who work on late shifts.

* The provision of a 15 seater bus for the NAJ office to assist generally.

Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke, in a statement this afternoon, stated that the negotiations with the nurses “were conducted in an atmosphere of transparency and mutual respect.”

“As a Government, we understand the concerns which include the need for additional staffing, improvements in the working conditions and the provision of adequate equipment for all health facilities. It is our commitment that over time we will address these concerns to ensure the delivery of optimal health care for our citizens,” Clarke further said.

Meanwhile, the finance minister noted that 80% of public sector workers have now signed the government's wage deal.


Leave a Reply

Create a comment

Create a comment

Disclaimer: Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) welcomes your thoughts, feedback, views, bloggs and opinions. However, by posting a blogg you are agreeing to post comments or bloggs that are relevant to the topic, and that are not defamatory, liable, obscene, racist, abusive, sexist, anti-Semitic, threatening, hateful or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be excluded permanently from making contributions. Please view our declaimer above this article. We thank you in advance for complying with VINO's policy.


Follow Us On

Disclaimer: All comments posted on Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) are the sole views and opinions of the commentators and or bloggers and do not in anyway represent the views and opinions of the Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Virgin Islands News Online and its parent company.