Thursday 29 October, 2020

Healthcare workers down tools at Arima hospital

Healthcare workers protest at the Arima Hospital on June 15, 2020 (Photo courtesy PSA Trinbago)

Healthcare workers protest at the Arima Hospital on June 15, 2020 (Photo courtesy PSA Trinbago)

Scores of healthcare workers downed tools on Monday at the Arima Hospital, calling for their concerns to be addressed.

It follows a similar protest on Friday at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC).

The workers are pleading with the authorities to pay them their outstanding increments and gratuities.

Speaking at the protest, Trinidad and Tobago Registered Nurses Association (TTRNA) President Idi Stuart said the workers are fed up of unkept promises.

Stuart warned of further action in the coming weeks.

"For TTRNA, it's going to be a two weeks and a half struggle culminating on July first, where we will have a mass demonstration. But for now, we will be going from institution to institution as we demand what is due to us. And we don't want the public to misunderstand that we are asking for anything new. This is stuff that is owed to the workers. This is stuff that has been lobbied for in the past, and we just want what is rightfully ours."

"It cannot be that we are standing outside a building that is $1.2 billion (and more are being built), and yet you cannot find the money to make persons permanent. You cannot find the money to pay persons increments that is owned. Something has to be wrong with that. We are going to he forceful."

On Monday, Acting Leader of Government Business Clarence Rambharat revealed that healthcare workers attached to the North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) should begin receiving some of their arrears by the end of June.

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