Healthcare workers, non-JNA members demand equal benefits
The Jordan Nurses Association’s law does not grant membership to nurses who do not hold a bachelor’s degree. (Photo: Pixabay)
AMMAN — Some 4,000 healthcare workers from the Ministry of Health threatened escalatory measures that might lead to a full strike if their demand for better benefits is not met.اضافة اعلان

Assistant and associate nurses and care workers formed a committee representing these health workers to speak on their behalf as they are not represented by a union and are not allowed to join the Jordan Nursing Association (JNA), whose statute only allows university degree holders to join the syndicate.

Mazen Al-Faqih, who heads the committee, said that the committee represents all the ministry's staff working as assistant or associate nurses and other caregivers, excluding JNA members, in government hospitals, outpatient clinics, and health centers across the Kingdom.

Their move toward seeing their demand fulfilled will start with a sit-in in front of the Parliament, and in case no positive response is given by the ministry, they will go on a full strike, he added.

The health workers demand a 135 percent salary increase, just like staff nurses, mid-wives, and workers in supporting healthcare professions, like X-ray technicians and physiotherapists, holding university-graduate.

They also want similar incentives and transportation bonus, the right to overtime bonuses, improved professional situation, more attention to up skilling, occupational hazard bonus, and scholarships for their children at state universities, which are all granted to public employees in other sectors.

Faqih said that the health cadres represented by the commission hold community college diplomas and are certified to practice the profession.

These healthcare providers are the backbone of the anti-COVID campaign, including the vaccination drive, he stressed.

JNA President Khalid Rababaa said the law does not grant membership in the union to those who do not hold a bachelor’s degree, and there are no plans to change that.

Assistant nurse Lina Al-Sartawi said that the campaign to improve the conditions of this category of healthcare givers was supposed to start earlier, but it was put on hold due to the pandemic.

"We have resumed it now and demand equal treatment with others."

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