Nurses join bandwagon, reject wage cut

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Lydia Leonce. * File photo

Nurses island-wide have also joined the bandwagon in rejecting government’s proposed five per cent wage cut.

President of the St. Lucia Nurses’ Association (SLNA) Lydia Leonce said the nurses rejected the proposal during a meeting held at Victoria Hospital this afternoon.

Leonce said the three-year collective bargaining agreement between the SLNA and government expired in 2013 and was up for renewal. However, this was delayed until this year’s budget, where government indicated that a cut in public servants salaries is imminent based on the current fiscal situation the island is faced with.

The SLNA head said that nurses expressed dissatisfaction with regards to the way in which the proposal was made. However, they have decided they will not accept a cut in their salary at any point.

Leonce said she will take this decision to the next meeting scheduled to take place between government and trade union representatives.  However, Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony had stated that government will do all it can to get consensus on the matter, but if this is unsuccessful, then it will take whatever action is necessary to put the island in a better financial position.

Asked whether the SLNA plans to take industrial action if such a move is taken, Leonce said “We are hoping it doesn’t go that way. The association plans to deal with the issue professionally.”

The SLNA head also expressed dissatisfaction at the move, saying the proposal is being made at a time when the island is facing a shortage of nurses.

She said a five-per cent cut could have negative effects on the profession and affect the quality of service being provided to patients.

Nurses, she explained, are led to work beyond the call of duty and with limited resources, and that a cut in their salary will only lead to a demotivated work force.

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  1. So few understand what it truly means to be a nurse, when some of you leave your family at the hospital even after they have been discharged, nurses still have to care for them. When you neglect your family and never bring not even a bottle of water, nurses have to provide it. when its only 2 nurses having to cover a ward of 40+ patients where are all of you. when nurses can't even provide basic care because the hospitals don't even have the basics such as Panadol. when the wider population know what its like to work under such conditions then they can talk but until then shut the hell up!!

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  2. there is money because the politicians gettin a lump sum of money monthly jus 2 sit on dey butts un talk shate un run da country down to its knees , buy these big fancy vehicles, construct building and a bunch of shate........there is money wat dey need 2 do is put it 2 gud use un stop sttealing from their homeland

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  3. all of yall that talkin bad about the nurses, am sure sum of yall dont hv a proper job buh yall talkin about send them home........onli if yall knew that struggles dey go thru everyday 2 no hw 2 treat yall illnesses, school struggles 2 ensure that they no wat dey doin wen dey attend to yall..........come on yall ucian 2 ungrateful, heartless un obviously CLUELESS.......everyone has da right 2 their opinion buh if u dont hv anyfing 2 say STAY QUIET

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  4. Start from the top Lydia first send dem home she is the one that said no to Trinidad no to everything well I hope she can say yes to go home. Take or leave it mr. Pm do what u got to do don't kiss ass.

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  5. Where is the money coming from when it is absent in the treasury? The more developed countries have had to make changes both in the private and public sectors. They have been able to produce more for less (fewer employees and less pay). The remaining employees were glad to have their jobs because there is always someone waiting to occupy it. We need more competition in the work place so everyone will learn to appreciate his or her job and perform duties diligently.

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  6. No to employment opportunities in Trinidad; no to wage cuts at home; no to everything.

    OK, no cuts in wages this year; but how about a freeze in salary for the next 3 years.

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  7. The other alternative to that is a pay freeze then.Those unions are really annoying as they choose when the country and people are going through so much hardship and huge debt to demand for a pay rise.We in working in the private sector cant even ask for a wage increase.

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  8. YOU CAN AGREE WITH THE NURSES/DISAGREE WITH THE NURSES - THERE IS NO MONEY.

    Get that into your hard heads. Since Independence St Lucia has been living on borrowed money, and now you can't pay it back. Cut your cloth accordingly. Stop thinking wage reductions are for everyone else. If you think you can earn more money elsewhere, then go. No one is stopping you.

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  9. The president stated there is a shortage of nurses but she gave no information.Can she tell us how many nursing post that are vacant now and how many graduate nurses that are unemployed because they have so many rehired retired nurses.We are not short of graduate nurses in St.Lucia for a fact.Madam president do your research and stop misleading a gullible public. Some nurses take jobs in the private sector unrelated to their profession to survive.

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  10. we need a general consensus in the way we approach the issues affecting progress in St.Lucia. Forward thinking dictates we support the government in power, red or yellow. Forward thinking also dictates, if the government in power not carrying out the will of the people. We the people have a constitutional right to express our displeasure, by any and means necessary providing we stick within the letter of the Law. Are civil servants fairly expressing their displeasure with the sitting government?

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  11. Nurses, keep fighting on. Don't accept any pay cut. After they want you to work extra, go beyond the call of duty; which is what you do everyday and get little to no reward or motivation and now they want to cut your salaries. NEVER!!

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    • the nurses have a choice the can choose to do call duties or not............. chups send dem home

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      • Girl I hope when they choose not to do call duties is when you in the hospital and they say they not going beyond the call of duty.

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    • stop being foolish. We need to sit and do your research and stop with this foolishness better days.. which do you prefer 10 years later the country is in a mess or 10 years later a better sy.lucia. gosh our people need to be a little more open minded. stop allowing colors to get to your brains. red yellow green whichever we need to stand in solidarity for what is right. Note that what is right may not always be in our favor. get our minds out of the gutter for once

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  12. so Lydia, why don't you tell us what has been making the St.Lucian nurses some of the most angry, rude, unprofessional beings since the beginning of time. When they were busy beings hogs to the patients in .... 1971, 1983, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, were they facing pay cuts then?

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    • Exactly. You give people BS service. You take days off when you choose. You take 2 hour siestas. Now when they want to cut you'll salaries its a problem. Fire DEM! Public Servants too effing lazy. Fire those useless ones. I'm held accountable for every action in the private sector. Dem lazy ass public servants with their stink ass attitude making more than me.

      Bus drivers next. They sit on the bus stand gambling, cussing up the place for 6 of their 8 work hours. Only 2 hours of the day they doing any sort of work. Yet they want to live the lifestyle of someone that working 8 hours a days. Bullshit.

      Thats the problem with this country. People lazy and they expect to just sit on their ass and things will happen. Well those days are over. Only in hardship will people start watching everything closely. They will watch closely at what politicians do with their money and how corrupt they are.

      I'm hoping it gets even worse so you'll lucians will finally take stock.

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      • LMAO, Now, Now, "John 3:16" You can't have this "Username and referencing "Stink Asses" etc. Lmao.

        Good Comment though.

        I really do not like Lucian Nurses (Especially the Females."

        It's like everyday they've got their menstrual cycle and hormonal problems to deal with, and just by seeing you (a Patient,) complicates things further.
        So they are ready to lash at you to ease the tension.

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  13. Am not feeling sorry for those nurses.............. I have gotten to much mad treatment from these nurses at the hospital...... Especially in ER.... SEND DEM HOME

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    • Such a stupid thing to say, the nurses can't be blamed for everything at Victoria Hospital; the hospital is already short of staff, sending nurses home going to mean that you waiting time in accident and emergency unit will increase, patients will not receive the care that they deserve and secondly the health care sector is the only sector where increased academic credentials does not equate to an increase in salary. Stop jumping on the band wagon and start using the brain God gave you!!

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    • Most of you all, who talk bad about the nurses
      you all do not know what it is to be a nurse, and how had they work when on duty. You cannot be efficient if you do not have the right tool as a nurse. If you have travel, and been to an ER anywhere in the world, you would not complain nurses who worked at an ER in St. lucia. I am not a nurse but i know what they go through, and the insult that they get.

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