Nurses get reclassification money from government
After years of battle with the government public health nurses are finally receiving payment under the reclassification exercise for the sector.
The Ministry of Finance has indicated that it has begun the payout.
The ministry also says the payment includes retroactive amounts for the period April 1, 2013 to July 1.
The implementation of the health sector reclassification is costing the government $7 billion over a three year period.
The payments are to be made in three tranches.
Under the reclassification exercise, nurses and other professionals are seeing an adjustment in their classification and payment scheme.
The finance ministry says the payment of $25,000 has been paid to public sector workers whose unions signed the Heads of Agreement in March.
The payment is one of the benefits given to civil servants under the government’s three-year wage restraint as part of the deal with the International Monetary Fund.
Two additional payments of 25,000 will become due in August next year and again in 2015.
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