Temporary nurses cry out for late wages

Temporary nurses believe they are being treated like second class health workers by being forced to wait up to three months for their wages while senior officials are being paid on time.

So frustrated are they that one felt compelled to complain to Barbados TODAY about the situation.

According to the nurse of 15 years, temporary health caregivers from the St Philip Hospital, the Geriatric Hospital and the George Cummins Hospital had not been paid since the end of last year, with no explanation.

And even more frustratingly, both the Ministry of Health and the Personnel Department are playing a game of musical chairs with the nurses, she said.

“When you ask about your salary, they say it is an administrative problem . . . . It has been two months right now. The last time I got paid was in December.

“I went to the Ministry of Health, they say it is not their part, it is Personnel Administration part. When I check Personnel Administration, the people out there telling me that is the Ministry of Health,” the nurse said.

“They sent out a memo that temporary nurses and subs [substitute nurses] won’t be paid for January because of administrative reasons . . . but appointed people are paid on time.”

The nurse contended that the “old time system”, where the workers were paid according to positions of authority was forcing some temporary nurses to resort to working part time jobs at nursing homes or private residences.

“Sometimes you are so tired from the job you are doing, you don’t get to do it,” she said.

When contacted, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Cheryl Alleyne indicated she was unaware of the problem and that such issues should be discussed between the individual and the department.

9 Responses to Temporary nurses cry out for late wages

  1. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince February 25, 2017 at 2:42 am

    And politicians got their 10% disgraceful….

  2. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince February 25, 2017 at 2:54 am

    Wasn’t Central bank printing money to pay salaries ?

  3. Jennifer February 25, 2017 at 3:31 am

    “such issues should be discussed between the individual and the department”.

    Nonsense, she tried too. This is no surprise. This has been going on for many, many years. Nurses are not the only ones being affected. While the fat cats get their pay. There are two types of paces in Barbados, SLOW AND STOP.

  4. Phillip February 25, 2017 at 9:58 am

    I bet the minister got they salary ,to hell with the the others.

  5. Donild Trimp February 25, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Is this really Barbados?

    Not paid a salary since December?

    Departments claiming it is an administrative problem. Ministry of Health saying it is not their part, it is Personnel Administration part. Personnel Administration saying is it the Ministry of Health’s problem.

    What a bunch of ignoramuses in position of authority in Barbados.

    How are these workers suppose to pay their bills and feed their families?

    Once again the working of a banana republic. A bunch of lazy good for nothing Government workers drawing a salary by fraud.

    Get off your lazy butts and pay the workers the wages they are entitled to instead of giving them the run around.

    Shameful and disgraceful.

  6. Mack February 25, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Cheryl Alleyne said she was not aware of the problem. This is the cry of all the poor management in Barbados. I am quite sure she got her salary and all her bills are paid up and she is sleeping good at night. When will it change???

  7. Ann February 25, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    That is why Scinkler got rid of Worrell , because he was printing money so the workers cud be paid. Sometime you have to go more than 3 months without pay , all along your bills are backing up and dept collectors are calling. People’s mental health are distroyed

  8. Nurse February 25, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    I worked 6 months already before i was paid!! Can’t believe after all these yrs its still happening (15yrs). This is painful!!

  9. Osimore February 26, 2017 at 11:26 am

    What are they complaining about ? Just two months ,I know a trained nurse. In the mental who wasn’t paid from may to November. He was paid in November for 3 weeks in may. Then He got the remainder owed to him in December.

    The nurse was affected negatively came to work signed in the book in red ink saying he needed his money and quarreling with other staff.nasty situation.Probably not being paid this year either.


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