Nurse Group Seeks Retroactive Pay Since January 2020 After Medialdea’s Memo About Salary Hike of Entry Level Nurses
A nurse group is urging the Philippine government to release the nurses’ retroactive pay since January 2020 after Medialdea’s memo.
On Friday (June 11, 2021), the Filipino Nurses United (FNU) is calling the government to release the backpay of nurses since January 2020. The group wants to ensure that the nurses would enjoy the upgrade of their entry salary.
FNU made the statement after Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea issue the June 1, 2021 memorandum declaring the salary hike of entry level nurses from Salary Grade 11 (P22,000) to Salary Grade 15 (P32,000).
“We urge the government to ensure that all nurses in public sector enjoy the upgrade of entry salary to SG 15 for beginner nurses with Nurse 1 positions, including those in local government units and those without employee-employer relationship, with retroactive pay since January 2020 as stipulated in DBM Circular 2020-4,” FNU said.
The memorandum complies with the October 2019 Supreme Court decision to set the basic pay for nurses at Salary Grade 15 as stated under the 2002 Philippine Nursing Act. The group also reiterated that the Filipino nurses have waited for the salary increase for nearly two decades.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that the Department of Health would still discuss before funding the retroactive pay for nurses.
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