|Thursday, 24 June 2004|
Another HSTUA strike threat
by Bharatha Malawaraarachchi
The Health Services Trade Union Alliance(HSTUA) yesterday threatened to launch a continuous islandiwde strike on June 20 and 30 urging the authorities to resolve the salary anomalies in the health sector.
"If Health authorities fail to make a positive response within this week, we will be launching a fast from June 29," Alliance's spokesman Saman Rathnapriya told the Daily News yesterday.
However, the Ministry of Healthcare and Nutrition maintained that the scheduled trade union action was highly unjustifiable as the Ministry had taken adequate measures to resolve the salary anomalies in the health sector.
On Tuesday the HSTUA launched a one day sick note campaign islandwide disrupting the normal services at health institutions. However, Health authorities claimed that they were able to maintain the services at a satisfactory rate.
The Alliance's main demand is to resolve the salary anomalies faced by the health employees coming under the purview of the provincial councils.
"We are urging the authorities to implement the circular 2/1/2004 seeking to resolve salary anomaly in Provincial Councils too," another alliance's spokesman Ravi Kumudesh added.
However, two main trade unions in the health sector namely the Government Medical Officers Association(GMOA) and the Public Services United Nurses Union(PSUNU) did not join in Tuesday's trade union action.
The Alliance claimed that nearly 50,000 employees serving in the health institutions coming under the purview of the Provincial Councils had not yet been granted approved salary increases.
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