Public sector dentists again restive

By Halshane Burke
There is unease among public sector dentists after a December 4 deadline to hear from the government on the protracted salary negotiations was missed. 
The workers want the government to urgently address the issues under the public sector compensation review.
Following a meeting involving stakeholders last month, representatives of the Ministry of Finance & The Public Service requested three weeks to review the proposals and concerns of the dentists in relation to the salary adjustment. 
Dr. Vanessa Kiffin, President of the Jamaica Association of Public Dental Surgeons, told Radio Jamaica News that the dentists are anxious to have the matter resolved in the shortest possible time.
She said an attempt will be made to hear from the Ministry as to the progress on the implementation of the review. 
The Association will be demanding a speedy resolution as dentists are becoming restive, she added. 
The dental surgeons had earlier staged several days of industrial action to press the government to move to implement the salary review, thereby also bringing the matter to public attention.

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