After two years, the Antigua and Barbuda Nurses Association (ABNA) is anticipating receiving the counter-proposal to their offer for a 15 percent salary increase over a three-year period.

Following a meeting with the Minister of Labour, Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin, on Monday, President of ABNA, Soria Dupie-Winston told the Antigua Observer that she is expecting word of the government’s offer by next week.

The association said it is also expecting a resolution to the registration of nurses – noting that a nursing council has submitted a proposal and that has been on the back burner as well for a while, as it relates to nursing registration in Antigua and Barbuda.

Monday’s meeting, which has been described as “preventative”, also focused on issues of remuneration, reclassification of nursing personnel, scholarships, pension plan for nurses, who work at the Mount St John’s Medical Centre (MSJMC), and the inclusion of the nurses association and other relevant nursing personnel in decision making.

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