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Minister of Labour and Social Security, the Hon. Pearnel Charles, is to meet with representatives of the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) and the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, next week, following the breakdown of wage talks on Thursday (October 29).
Mr. Charles told JIS News last night that he would be meeting with the parties to avoid any further breakdown in the relationship, and to avoid any industrial action in the sector following the recent sick out by the nurses.
The Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, in a release on the matter, said that the talks broke down at that Ministry, after President of the NAJ, Nurse Edith Allwood-Anderson,
insisted on the inclusion of the Chief Nurse from the Ministry of Health and the Matron of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) in the Government’s negotiating team.
The previous negotiation meeting on July 16 also broke down over a similar issue. Thursday, despite the fact that the CEO for the UHWI, Dr. Trevor McCartney, and two representatives from the Ministry of Education were present, Nurse Allwood-Anderson again sought to specify other persons that she wanted on the Government’s negotiating team.
The Ministry said that the Government’s team on Thursday included all the senior personnel necessary to proceed with the negotiations, including Ministry of Health technical staff who travelled from all regions in the country.
After the Ministry’s chief negotiating officer insisted on proceeding, Mrs. Allwood-Anderson
refused to continue. Resulting from the breakdown, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Senator the Hon. Arthur Williams, referred the matter to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security

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