Under the agreement, nurses will receive an overall salary increase of four per cent and three per cent in year one and two respectively.
Additionally, the payment of the outstanding amounts for the Health Sector Reclassification Exercise will be made to the nurses in November 2015 and January 2016, as well as to all other health sector workers.
The government has also agreed to assist with the education and training of nurses in the provision of sponsorship for tertiary studies. Children of nurses will also have access to scholarships.
Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller expressed gratitude to the nurses for their “continued patience, understanding and support of the Government’s Economic Programme and for concluding the negotiations for the 2015-2017 Contract Period”.
President of the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) Janett Coore Farr thanked the Ministries of Health and Finance for enabling the signing of the wage deal, noting that her passion is to ensure that more nurses remain in Jamaica.
The NAJ is the seventh public sector group to sign the seven per cent wage deal. The signing brings the total number of public sector workers who have come to a wage agreement with the Government to 90 per cent. Police officers have not signed a wage deal as yet.