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Polyclinic nurses refuse to take heat

Carlos Atwell, carlosatwell

Polyclinic nurses refuse to take heat

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A HEAT problem caused workers at the Sir Winston Scott Polyclinic to be hot under the collar, resulting in a number of them walking off the job yesterday morning.

The nurses and pharmacy workers were protesting the heat at the Jemmotts Lane, St Michael polyclinic as the air-conditioning units, which they said had been operating sporadically for the past two years, stopped working altogether.

When a DAILY NATION team arrived around 11 a.m, National Union of Public Workers acting deputy general secretary Delcia Burke, president of the Barbados Nurses Association Blondelle Mullin, and acting industrial relations officer Natalie Murray were all waiting outside with the workers.

“We got a call the workers were outside because of the humid conditions as the AC is not working throughout the building. They were out since morning and I myself have been here for [almost two hours],” said Burke, adding that she understood 12 new AC units had been delivered while she was there.

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