ECONOMYNEXT – With hospitals said to be running out of capacity, a government nurses’ union in Sri Lanka will be on strike from 12 noon to 1pm Wednesday (28) in 100 hospitals across the island over unfulfilled promises on the part of the government.
President of the Government Nursing Officers’ Association Saman Rathnapriya told reporters on Tuesday (27) that Wednesday’s lunch hour will be taken for the trade union action that will see nurses protesting outside 100 government hospitals.
Other nurses’ unions are also invited to join, he said.
Nurses in Sri Lanka called in sick on July 01 and 02 in a nationwide trade union campaign over nine primary demands including overdue promotions and confirmation of staff status.
Two cabinet papers were presented on July 05, but, according to Rathnapriya, the government has yet to issue circulars implementing the decisions through the Public Service Commission and the Ministry of Public Administration.
Only two out of the nine demands were approved, he said.
“The government and the president appointed committees on our demands. Some of them have been directed to a future budget bill,” he added. (Colombo/Jul28/2021)