More midwives join islandwide sick-out to register frustration over wage issues


There is an indication that more midwives have called in sick across the island as they press for a response from the Finance Ministry, to concerns which have arisen due to the compensation review.


The workers say they will continue their protest until they hear from the ministry.  


This is the second day of protest.


Vice President of the Jamaica Midwives Association, Nicole Smart says the midwives have had problems since the implementation of the new compensation package.


She says they were misled during negotiations.



Meanwhile, the Western Regional Health Authority says there was a low turn out of midwives yesterday and it’s not yet clear what is happening today.


However, the midwives association says all its members in the western region have called in sick. 


Other parishes and regions reportedly have a high number of midwives off the job today.


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