IT is essential that the 2021-2023 awards for nurses be honoured and implemented immediately by employer agencies, says Department of Personnel Management (DPM) Secretary Taies Sansan.
The DPM, Treasury and Finance Departments are working to ensure that the industrial agreement signed between the PNG Nurses Association and the DPM is implemented.
The industrial agreement in the form of a memorandum of agreement is for the determination of the 2021-2023 salaries and allowances for all nurses.
The Treasury and Finance departments have been told to assist employers in giving priority to the agreement.
The DPM and Finance Department will configure and allocate a code for the nurses’ life and medical subsidy on the payroll.
Human resource staff of employer agencies are to consult the government payroll staff of the DPM.
Sansan called on all agencies to consider the nurses’ awards in their discussions and planning to ensure a successful implementation.
“It is a legally binding document signed by all parties on Aug 25, 2020,” she said.
“Nurses make up the highest number in the health workforce and are essential service providers that the government will continue to recognise and reward.”
The agreement supersedes the 2016-2018 one.
The industrial awards which started on Jan 1 are:
The National / PNG Health News
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