Saturday, April 09, 2005

Sisarello dismay at poor turnout by Nurses

TGWU Branch Officer Charlie Sisarello has expressed his dismay at the turnout of just ten Enrolled Nurses to a general meeting to discuss several outstanding pay claims by nursing staff.

Mr Sisarello was highly critical given the clashes and tension that have been generated at the hospital in these past few months, and the accusations against the TGWU leadership and persistent demands for a meeting made by the Nursing Section Committee. Mr Sisarello said:

“We are very disappointed with the turnout at the recent general meeting of Enrolled Nurses to discuss the pending claims. Out of more than 70 Enrolled Nurses only ten turned up, despite the fact that a bulletin was distributed and the Nursing Section had called for that meeting publicly and privately.”

“Notwithstanding this, the meeting continued and we agreed the following:

To accept the offer to increase an extra spine point to those Enrolled Nurses on the maxima of the salary scale;

to accept the £10 per shift for Senior Nurse acting allowance on a voluntary basis; rejection of the retrospection offer of July 1st 2004 for the implementation date of the new pay increase and continue pressing for this to be backdated to April 1st 2004;

rejection of the geriatric allowance offer backdated to one year and insist that retrospection be for two years.”

The Union has now written to GHA (Gibraltar Health Authority) management regarding these claims.


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