10,000 to benefit from $M salary adjustments
Friday, August 9 2013
ABOUT 10,000 monthly paid Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) workers will benefit from salary adjustments costing Government more than $150 million. At a press conference at the PSA head office, Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain, PSA president Watson Duke said the signing between the PSA and North-West, North Central; Eastern and South-West Regional Health Authorities took place on Wednesday at the head office of the NWRHA, Dundonald Street, Port-of-Spain.
Ministry of Health Workers got their revised salaries etc in March and lumpsum and backpay in June. He said in addition to the $150 million, there would be a cost to the Regional Health Authorities for 2008-2010 with arrears.
“What is most noteworthy about this settlement is that it is a salary adjustment (four percent) that would be placed on the five percent increase workers would have gotten between the period 2008-2010,” he said. Workers will also benefit from a lump sum payment. Duke assured that the negotiations would not impact on negotiations for 2011-2013.
“I can almost guarantee the RHA workers that the current negotiations notwithstanding the settlement of this new salary and lumpsum, negotiations would be settled early in 2014.”
The RHAs have committed to make a “genuine effort” for new salaries and lumpsum to be implemented at the end of this month.
“The arrears may be a bit challenging because of the different acting arrangements and ups and downs of employees certainly we are almost guaranteed these two payments would be made. We will be working with them.”
Duke declined to comment on how much a worker would get saying the worker could be a target for “undesirables.” Responding to another question, Duke said a job evaluation exercise was completed in 2010 for all RHA workers and this put the lowest paid to about $6,000. He said to date, the salary of the lowest range worker is at approximately $4,5000-$4,600.
In the current negotiations he said the PSA would be seeking to “redeem a certain level of value” for health workers. “Imagine a nurse today working for a salary of about $8,000, that is not good enough,” Duke said. The 2010 evaluation recommended salaries of $12,000-$15,000.
A job classification exercise for the public sector is being undertaken by IBM and is expected to be completed February 2015.
The PSA and CPO are working together on the job evaluation which Duke said would result in a new classification and new compensation structure.