By Meleasie Goviro – EM TV News, Port Moresby
As of last week, The Papua New Guinea Nurses Association has been making legal arrangements for a nationwide stop to work, as they believe the Department of Personnel Management has not responded to their appeal for the signing of the Nurses Award.
The Nurses Award includes the reclassification of accommodation subsidies, domestic market allowance and other supporting allowances which they had appealed for to improve nurse’s welfare.
However, following the Department of Personnel Management’s signing of the Nurses Award, the pending action for a nationwide industrial action has been withdrawn.
Acting National President of the PNG Nurses Association, Steven Nawik, delivered a public statement assuring the nation that there won’t be a stop to work by nurses throughout the country.
He said he was thankful to the staff of the Department of Health and those of the Department of Personnel Management for their tireless efforts to see this through.
Although it had taken them two years to respond, it gave him great pleasure and relief to know the welfare of the nurses was now acknowledged by the government.