By Scott Waide
Nurses in Madang fighting for better pay and working conditions have received some positive feedback from their Port Moresby based governing body – the Christian Health Services.
At a meeting on Monday, they were told they will get a pay rise starting next year that would equal that of their colleagues in the government health system.
The nurses met with the Chief Executive Officer of the CHS, Joseph Sika, in Madang yesterday to discuss delayed wages and underpayments.
Under current arrangements, the nurses are paid as casual workers at a pay grade lower than those working in government health centers.
While an increase is expected, there are ongoing concerns that the delays may continue because the process of payment and the method of sourcing funds from treasury will remain unchanged.