Aug 02, Colombo: The Chairman of Sri Lanka's Public Service United Nurses' Union (PSUNU), Venerable Muruththettuve Ananda Thero says that the nurses will hold a work strike from tomorrow.
The nurses' union will strike work from tomorrow if the talks scheduled for today with the authorities of the Ministry of Health fail to grant solutions to their demands.
The Thero says that the PSUNU will have talks with the Secretary of the Ministry of Health Nihal Jayathilake today regarding their demands.
Earlier this year the union cancelled a scheduled work strike since the cabinet had given permission to the Ministry of Health to grant a number of their demands.
However, according to the Ananda Thero they resorted to launch another strike since the health authorities had failed to keep the promises they made to the union earlier.
The nurses' demands include integration of nurses into the new service minute of the nursing service, introducing a rate system for overtime work, increase of the uniform allowance from Rs. 7,000 to 13,000, granting permission to work on contract basis on the needs of the service until 63 years of age after retirement, increasing the nursing educators allowance up to Rs. 10,000 and granting a telephone allowance of Rs. 2,000 to special grade nurses.