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Regional Health Authority workers can now breathe a sigh of relief as the sum of $539M will be paid in arrears of salaries.

The Finance Minister, Colm Imbert announced on Wednesay afternoon that 50 percent of workers back pay was released to the Ministry of Health on Friday evening.

Minister Imbert said the Finance Ministry received the proceeds of a bond raised from the local banking market in the sum of $2 Billion, which was able to help finance the arrangement for health workers.

It is anticipated that staff at the RHAs will receive their payments of their first installments of backpay (50 percent of the total) from their respective commercial banks between Tuesday July 5, 2016 and Thursday July 7, 2016, since Wednesday July 6th, 2016 is a public holiday (Eid).

Earlier in the sitting, Opposition MPs protested when Imbert proposed that the House sit on Monday (today) to debate the Finance Bill Number Two 2016. Speaker Bridgid Annisette- George ruled in the Government’s favour.