Nassau, Bahamas – The majority of Registered Nurses (RN) in The Bahamas have voted to strike, confirms Director of Labour Jon Pinder.
According to reports from that island, the voting took place on Tuesday and while the results are preliminary, nurses can expect to receive their strike certificate as early as Thursday.
The results cited as at the time of this report included New Providence, Bimini and Crooked Island and reflected some 451 in favour and a mere 3 against.
Results are still outstanding from Grand Bahama and other Family Islands, but voting trends and population sizes suggest that as long as Nassau has the majority – it’s a done deal.
“We are very pleased with the results. We thank the nurses. It is time for a change and enough is enough,” said President of the Bahamas Nurses Union (BNU) Amancha Williams.
Nurses in the Bahamas have been trying to strike since June following failed negotiations with the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) that have been ongoing since January over a new shift system and outstanding payments and benefits.
The PHA had announced a new 8-hour shift system for nurses, which is set to take effect from Monday December 10, 2018.
The Authority has however delayed the implementation of this new system, confirmed Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands.
Some senior doctors have already begun withdrawing their services due to challenges with the PHA.