Dental assistants protest by Ministry of Finance

March 22, 2023
Corey Robinson photo

Dental assistants are currently protesting in front of the Ministry of Finance's office by Heroes Circle in Kingston this morning, over delays in salary payment following their signing of a wage agreement last month.

Weeks after signing the covenant, they said they have still not seen the arrangement reflected in their salaries, even as the government fulfils obligations with other civil servants who signed their wage agreements later.

"From February 10th the minister had promised to pay us on payday March 2023, and now we are being told that they do not know when we are getting paid," charged Vivett Smith-Parchment, president of the Jamaica Dental Assistant Association.

"There are four regions and they are all telling us they have not gotten any directive to give us our money. But we need our money now!" she continued.

The placard-waving assistants received curious gazes and honks of approval from passing motorists. Police officers were on scene to oversee the protest.

- Corey Robinson

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