St Vincent: Strike of Nurses mark 100 days

The nurses of St. Vincent Hospital marks their 100th day on strike against Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare. The nurses are on strike to the need for appropriate increases in staffing levels to assure their patients' safety on every unity and on every shift.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: The nurses of St. Vincent Hospital marks their 100th day on strike against Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare. The nurses are on strike to the need for appropriate increases in staffing levels to assure their patients’ safety on every unity and on every shift.

The strike has now become one of the longest nurses strikes nationally in more than a decade. Yet, as the strike moves on, the nurses themselves remain as committed to the issue.

One of the nurses sitting on the strike stated, “When we began this mission, a journey for safer staffing for safer patient care at our community hospital, we never imagined we would be out here this long. But here we are, sending a message to Tenet that we are as strong as ever and we are not going away unless we know we have an agreement to keep our patients and this community safe.”

She further informed over 700 nurses have joined our strike on March 8, 2021, and now, 100 days later, over 700 nurses are yet out on the street, walking the line for the patients, for the community and for dignity of their profession.

Since Tenet’s unseemly decision last month to cease negotiations and threaten to replace the nurses permanently, the strike has taken on larger significance since Tenet’s unseemly decision last month to cease negotiations and threaten to permanently replace the nurses, which has energized the labour movement and heightened regional and national interest in the nurses.

The strike of nurses began on March 8, 2021, after Tenet healthcare has declined to negotiate with the nurses over changes the nurses are attempting to develop unsafe patient care requirements in the hospital.

The decision resulted in earnest and careful efforts over the last two years by the nurses to convince Tenet healthcare to improve the patient care conditions at the facility, poor conditions that the pandemic has only exacerbated.