Saturday 11 July, 2020

St Jude staff may take protest action if HR Director remains

The Mobilization Officer of the National Workers Union (southern branch) says he is convinced that the Human Resource Director of St Jude Hospital, Andrew Piltie, will be fired after management hears all the complaints staff has against him at a meeting next week.

“He must go, he must go... Piltie will no longer be employed with the hospital,” Leonard Prescott, Mobilization Officer of the National Workers Union (NWU) told Loop News.

According to him, if Piltie is allowed to remain employed with the hospital, the staff will take some form of protest action.

And although the Minister of Health, Senator Hon. Mary Isaac has described the friction between the staff of the hospital and its Human Resource Director as no big deal, Prescott feels it is. He said the staff arguments will be so compelling, that the hospital will have no choice but to fire Piltie.

Prescott said at a meeting he held with shop stewards from 12 branches of the NWU in the south, yesterday, Friday, May 22, 2020, the shop stewards expressed solidarity with the staff of St Jude Hospital.

The decision to have a meeting with staff of the hospital on Friday, May 29, 2020, which will be attended by the health minister and representatives of the NWU, was made at yesterday's meeting, among those parties, including the board of the hospital.

According to Prescott, at that meeting, the board expressed the view that the staff should not have taken the matter to the media, but he feels they had no choice but to do so because nothing was done to address their concerns.

He said as long as there is an issue at the hospital which affects the workers and is not given attention, the workers will go to the media.

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