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Trinidad: Health workers on NCRHA arrears payment: 100% not enough

The TT Registered Nurses Association (TTRNA) continued their protests for better pay and working conditions at the Port of Spain General Hospital on Wednesday. Association president Idi Stuart said the nurses were demanding respect from Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh and the Regional Health Authorities (RHA).

A release from the North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) earlier Wednesday said 100 per cent of arrears for increments would be paid to its health workers between June 30 to July 4.

In an interview with Newsday at Wednesday’s protest, however, Stuart said that payment only affected one RHA.

TTRNA second vice president of the Letitia Cox said, “They may think it is over because NCRHA got their promised increment payments, but it is not all about money.

“We have a lot of nursing personnel and health workers on temporary employment. The best clap and the best thanks you could give your health workers is job security.”

Cox said health workers were at risk in the hospitals to every known disease, not just covid19.

“We cannot continue to save lives every day and be unsure if we have a job tomorrow. We can’t go to the bank to get a mortgage or a loan for a car. We should feel secure.”

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