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Thursday, 26 November

SOLOMON ISLAND Nursing Association (SINA) has agreed to extend its strike notice for the fourth time.

This comes after the National Government through the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) requested for another 21 days extension to the strike-notice.

This fourth strike extension commenced on Sunday 22 May and will lapse on 04 June, next month.

In an interview with this paper yesterday, General Secretary (GS) of SINA, Ms Sue Sikihi said the extension of the strike is to ensure MHMS to thoroughly deal with the claim of the strike to its successful conclusion.

“We accept deferring the strike not because we’re lenient but because we see work is now done as the government started to address some of the objective of the strike.

“And the work they had done as the result of this strike-notice includes paying of Special Duty Allowances (SDA), where nurses are now starting to receive and the progressive work that currently on the nurses’ multi-allowances.

“So for this fourth extension where we allow another 21 days, we will monitor the situation within this given period and see the remaining work of our claim to be solved,” she said.

In the meantime, Ms Sikihi called on the nurses body in the country to understand that the MHMS is currently dealing with their issue.

Adding that nurses are to look into the professional standard and responsibility of their work as it plays an important role in our society

She appealed to all nurses to be patient and continue on with the good work as their issue is now well-handled.

Ms Sikhi said that her office will condemn any nurse who may wish to take negative advantage of this strike, and clarifies that if any nurse does so, they are doing it on their own.

She stated that this strike-notice was made purposely against the errors and arrears on the nursing allowances (Special Duty Allowance and Multi – Allowance) since 2013 until now.