Nova Scotia

Pay woes persist for VON nurses

The Nova Scotia Nurses Union says 15 nurses continue to be underpaid, despite assurances that payroll problems at the Victorian Order of Nurses would be resolved by Friday.

The Nova Scotia Nurses Union says 15 nurses continue to be underpaid, despite assurances that payroll problems at the Victorian Order of Nurses would be resolved by Friday.

The union solicited an update from its VON members.

Union president Janet Hazelton said at least 15 nurses reported the problem.

Hazelton said it's both a disappointment and a distraction for the nurses.

"I want them out there in the communities doing their jobs and looking after patients, not worrying about whether they're going to get paid or how they're going to pay their child care," she told CBC News.

VON, a national non-profit homecare agency, brought in the SAP software system in January as part of an administrative overhaul.

Since then, nurses in Nova Scotia and Ontario have reported problems related to the direct deposit of their paycheques, ranging from insufficient funds to missed payments.

A letter from VON management to all employees and volunteers Thursday said fixing the payroll system is a priority.

This week, one nurse in Nova Scotia received only half of her pay.

Hazelton said the situation is unacceptable and must be resolved.

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