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Franklyn: Focus must stay on nurses


Sheria Brathwaite

Franklyn: Focus must stay on nurses
Nurses are awaiting permission to stage a second protest march on Monday. (Picture by Lennox Devonish)

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Once the green light from the COVID-19 Monitoring Unit (CMU) is given, nurses from the Unity Workers’ Union will participate in a demonstration in The City again on Monday.

Yesterday, general secretary of the union, Caswell Franklyn, said the march was to keep public attention on the nurses’ concerns, adding that he did not want their issues to shadow the ongoing election climate.

“The next demonstration would keep the public’s attention on the nurses and hopefully someone would do something. With the elections, people are saying the matter has gone away,” he said.

He added that the six-week strike had started to take a toll on some of the upset nurses and a few of them returned to work.

“Some people have gone back to work but not many. Yesterday (Tuesday) there was an issue at the Geriatric Hospital where some of the nurses would have had obstacles put in their way, but they relented and made peace and did what they were asked so they could go back to work. You see this has been six weeks of the strike and the docked pay is taking a toll on some.” (SB)

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