MORE than 100 nurses from the Port Moresby General Hospital last Friday staged a protest, demanding to know the status of their pending backdated housing allowance.
Sources in the Papua New Guinea Nurses Association said two main issues were brought up by the nurses – the housing allowance and the 25% working shift rate.
The source said Community Health Workers or nurses in blue uniforms had already received their back-dated entitlements.
But nursing officers in white uniforms are still waiting.
The source revealed that there was no one to represent them and bring up their grievances.
“We want someone to take up our issues,” the source said.
“The community health workers got theirs (backdated pay) because they have someone to speak out on their behalf.”
Hospital chief executive officer Grant Muddlle promised the nurses that their concerns would be looked into.
“I won’t tell you the date you will get your backdated payment but I promise you that you will definitely get your payment after all the necessary paperwork is completed,” Muddle said.
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