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Aug 7, 2015

Minister of Labor Comments on K.H.M.H. Salary Adjustment Negotiations

A little over two weeks ago we told you about the go-slow at the K.H.M.H. that resulted from some six hundred employees’ disgruntlement with G.O.B.’s refusal to grant salary increases, pensions and benefits- a combined fourteen percent of their wages that other public workers have received. G.O.B.’s response was that the employees are ineligible for the salary adjustments since the hospital authority is considered a statutory body and the personnel do not belong to a union. Well, following meetings, the go slow was called off and since then there have been discussions, even for the staff to unionize. Today the media spoke with Minister of Labour Godwin Hulse who says that the discussions with K.H.M.H. and B.E.L. are progressing smoothly.

 

Godwin Hulse

Godwin Hulse, Minister of Labour

“Yes, the K.H.M.H. employees are in the process of forming themselves into a proper legitimate organization. The Ministry of Labour has been helping them in that regard. There is a time-frame for them then after they are properly formed to have their proper representatives at the negotiating table to sit and commence formal negotiations with the management and the board. So, that is the process right now and they seem to be happy with that process.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Would you say there is a timeline to get that done, because I know the last time you stressed the importance of sitting down and dialogue?”

 

Godwin Hulse

“There is a timeline. We have said, we have used the generic term to use our best efforts, but we have said about six weeks to get on with it.”

 

Reporter

“And any update in terms of B.E.L.?”

 

Godwin Hulse

“When I leave here, I sit with B.E.L. again this afternoon at two, and the union, to try to resolve their matters. We have been meeting so far, I think we have had six meetings, three and three combined, to be able to resolve before us what are considered the significant sticking points. I feel fairly confident that we will be able to resolve them. The idea there is to get people to come together and work together in a spirit of compromise, cooperation, camaraderie, and common ground, rather than conflict, confrontation, criticism and being contentious about it. So, that is the approach the ministry has taken. It is the approach I have taken and I am confident that we will be able to work it through.”

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