July 30, Colombo: Thousands of supplementary staff employees of Sri Lanka's government hospitals staged a protest march today after discussions with the authorities to win their demands have failed.
The junior health workers belonging to 27 trade unions reported sick today disrupting work at hospitals island wide.
They tried to march this evening to the President's office at Temple Trees to hand over a petition but the police blocked the demonstration.
An additional secretary of the Presidential Secretariat accepted the letter from the representatives of the health trade unions on behalf of the President.
The supplementary staff employees at Sri Lanka's state hospitals started a continuous fasting protest outside the Colombo National Hospital on July 14 based on five demands.
The convener of the joint trade union committee T.H. Somarathna said the demands included making the employees permanent, correction of salary anomalies, granting five working day week, increase of overtime rates and two day night shift.