Nurses boycott NUPW strike
The Barbados Nurses Association (BNA) has issued a response explaining why they refused to support the two-day strike action put on by the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) on Thursday, January 18, and Friday, January 19.
President of the BNA, Joannah Waterman made it clear that in light of the current industrial climate, the BNA, which operates under the umbrella body of The Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados(CTUSAB), has seen it necessary to make their position clear. In a statement, she said:
"The BNA's position is to continue to sit at the bargaining table under the umbrella body of CTUSAB where they are negotiating for increased salaries and improved working conditions for nurses. When you consider that our situation has been one in which our salaries have been stagnated since 2009 and the fact that in comparison to other professions, we are low paid, and is most dire."
Waterman also revealed that nurses would be meeting with CTUSAB next week to discuss pressing matters.The BNA will also be reaching out to the Ministry of Health to try to resolve some of the issues affecting the nurses across the island.
On Monday, the NUPW's top brass announced they would be engaging in industrial action as a result of government's failure to respond to their request for a twenty-three percent salary increase for all public servants after almost ten years without an increase.
However, they have been unable to gain the support of other Trade Unions such as CTUSAB and The Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT).