The federal government of Barbados is being referred to as upon to increase the cost of hazard pay to different classes of employees, who will be thought-about to be engaged on the frontlines as nicely, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Authorities has famous that nurses on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) are to be paid a hazard allowance, provided that they’ve been engaged on the frontline, because the nation continues to battle the present pandemic. Nonetheless, such a transfer has triggered claims for pay from nurses generally throughout the general public well being system and there have been work stoppages at some polyclinics, as these nurses have sought to make their voices heard. The Barbados Nurses Affiliation has even been quoted as stating that every one nurses within the public service must obtain hazard pay, as a result of they’re in danger within the COVID-19 atmosphere. The Nationwide Union of Public Staff (NUPW) has of late despatched in proposals for hazard pay for extra front-line employees, noting that medical employees, pharmacists, orderlies, help employees and environmental well being employees, ought to all profit as nicely.
Now, David Denny, Common Secretary of the Caribbean Motion for Peace and Integration (CMPI), who not too long ago launched a “Labour Information Barbados” initiative in Barbados, is looking for sanitation employees to be added to the listing of employees receiving hazard pay.
“We help the Authorities’s place to pay a hazard allowance to medical employees, however we would like the federal government to increase that hazard allowance to different areas, the place we’ve got devoted employees,” Denny acknowledged.
“Comrades and associates, our sanitation employees are (vital) employees. Sanitation employees work to create the situations for us to battle these viruses and ailments. In order that the sanitisation employee performs a vital function, serving to us to cope with our well being situations and subsequently, the sanitisation employee together with all different employees at medical establishments, all of them ought to obtain a hazard allowance. So the Caribbean Motion for Peace and Integration helps authorities extending the hazard allowance to sanitation employees and different employees that work inside medical establishments,” Denny stated.