While the Association does not normally announce most of its victories at Court, this Judgement delivered at the Industrial court on March 22nd, 2019, between TTRNA vs NWRHA must be used to educate our members, as it will affect the outcome of many matters going forward.
The landmark judgement has corrected the mis-conception of Regional Health Authorities, in denying employees the benefits of continuous employment (Vacation leave, Increments, etc.,) due to failing to complete twelve months continuous service. An antiquated and mis-understood procedural measure from the public service, being mis-used by several RHAs. In fact, TTRNA notes the clear statements made within the Judgement which stated that “It is, in the view of this Court, an excuse that rings hollow. A blind obedience to procedural rules and regulations even in the face of clear injustice does no credit to an employer”.
In keeping with the Number 1 nurses Union in Trinidad and Tobago, this maintains our 100% success record of Trade Disputes in its five (5) years of becoming a Trade Union. We are asking all our members, who are currently being affected by the denial of being paid increments, denied vacation leave, etc., due to the fallacy of ‘going over your sick leave in the 1st year’, to immediately contact the Union to have this matter addressed.
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