Oct 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's joint council of the health sector trade unions have decided to hold a one day token strike on Friday November 1st to win some of their long standing demands.
The joint council of health sector trade unions of the nurses, Professions Supplementary to Medicine (PSM) and paramedics plan to launch the strike action to demand the authorities to address several key issues including solutions to the long standing salary anomalies in the sector.
Co-convener of the Government Nursing Officers' Union (GNOA), Saman Ratnapriya has said that among the demands are solutions for inadequacies and discrepancies of salary increments, various allowances for communication, transport and overtime payment.
The demands include Rs. 10,000 allowance per month for transport, attendance and risks, increase of the minimum overtime allowance up to Rs. 200 an hour and Rs. 4,000 communication allowance for Grade 01 and Special Grade nursing officers.
Ratnapriya said that the health sector unions have had continuous discussions with the health authorities for solutions for problems that have not yet been addressed.
The joint council has stated that 15 health sector unions will participate in the token strike with a total workforce of 45,000 supporting the strike action.
Following the November 1st strike action, the joint health sector trade unions are to meet again on November 15th to decide on the future course of action.