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Health workers say back-pay must be paid in full.

Health workers are calling for the Finance Minister to meet government’s obligations to workers and pay the full amount of arrears by the end of June.

A media release by the National Workers Union states that government has persisted in treating the issue that is of great concern to health care workers in such a cavalier, contemptuous fashion that it has become a festering sore and in these times of economic stress, workers are fed up of being jerked around.

Last week, the Public Services Association along with several disgruntled nurses protested outside the Parliament Building demanding their arrears be settled.

Meanwhile, Minister of Finance Colm Imbert, speaking on behalf of the Health Minister in the Senate yesterday said that soon government will have the necessary funding to pay nurses attached to the Regional Health Authorities 50% of the back pay owed to them.

He indicated that having reached a settlement of salary negotiations, the payment will come from proceeds of a bond that was raised on the local market in the sum of $2 billion.

Minister Imbert also said that he is hopeful that the funds will be released within a day or two so that workers can be paid immediately.