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* Nurses’ union withdraws from strike, other health unions continue
Sat, Feb 12, 2022, 09:52 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 12, Colombo: The Government Nurses ‘Association has decided to withdraw from the strike launched by the health sector trade unions due to a court order issued against the nurses’ union, said Saman Rathnapriya, President of the Government Nurses’ Association.

The rest of the unions are continuing their strike, according to the Government Nurses’ Association.

The six-day strike by nurses in state hospitals demanding to resolve their salary anomalies severely affected the patients.

The Colombo District Court Thursday (10) issued an Enjoining Order until February 24 on the Government Nursing Officers’ Association and its president, preventing them from engaging in a strike, disrupting the health service amidst a pandemic.

However, despite the gazette notification issued making patient care services an essential service, other health sector trade unions are continuing their strike for the 6th day today. Due to the strike the activities at many state hospitals were disrupted today as well.

Ravi Kumudesh, president of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists and Professionals, said the strike would continue island wide until their issues were resolved.

The Government health workers launched an indefinite trade union action from Monday, February 07 against the government’s failure to remove salary anomalies and address their grievances, despite recent token strikes.

The strike was launched jointly by supplementary and paramedical services and nursing services and professionals from 16 health services including medical laboratory technologists, pharmacists, radiologists, public health inspectors, and family health officers.

 

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