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Tuesday, 26 May 2015 - 8:20
Update : Casual and Temporary Health workers who did not report for duty to be sacked
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The Health Ministry announced that all casual and temporary workers who did not report for work today would be considered as having vacated their posts.

In addition, a communiqué released by the Ministry states that disciplinary action will be taken against the Administrators of minor workers who kept their offices closed today.

Hospital functions throughout the country have been disrupted due to the strike launched by the members of All Ceylon Health Services Association.

Among the affected major hospitals are: Colombo National Hospital, Kalubovila Teaching Hospital, Lady Ridgeway hospital for children, Maharagama Cancer Hospital, and general hospitals in Matara, Galle and Kandy.

Many hospitals functioned with the assistance of the armed forces today.

Workers belonging to 30 grades launched a 2-day token strike at 6.30 this morning based on 10 demands including an allowance of Rs. 3,000.

A group of health workers including health service assistants, attendants, laboratory technicians and ward clerks joined the strike.

However, President of All Ceylon Health Services Association Samantha Koralearachchi who organized the strike said during a media conference that Health Minister Rajitha Senarathna should be held responsible for the strike.

He said that the strike was carried out in 1070 hospitals out of 1086 hospitals throughout the island.

However, convener of the Joint Trade Union Federation which consists of 22 trade unions, T.H. Somarathna said that the Federation members would not support the strike.



Update : Tuesday, 26 May 2015 - 07:56 PM
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Services of several hospitals crippled due to health workers strike: Army called to continue services


Hospital functions throughout the country have been disturbed due to the strike launched by the members of All Ceylon Health Services Association.

Workers belonging to 30 grades launched the strike at 6.30 this morning on 10 demands including an allowance of 3 thousand rupees.

A group of health service assistants, attendants, laboratory technicians and ward clerks including members of 5 trade unions in the field have also joined the strike.

All Ceylon Health Services Association President Samantha Korale Arachchi had this to say.

However, convener of the Joint Trade Union Federation T.H. Somarathna said that the Federation members would not support the strike as the Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake promised to grant a 1000 rupees allowance during a meeting held yesterday.

Among the affected major hospitals are: Colombo National Hospital, Lady Ridgeway hospital for children, Maharagama Cancer Hospital, and general hospitals in Matara, Galle and Kandy.

However army has been called to assist the hospital authorities to continue the daily services.

Meanwhile Colombo National Hospital director Dr. Anil Jasinghe said that it has obtained the services of Sri Lanka Navy to ensure the hospital function.

Update : Tuesday, 26 May 2015 - 13:26
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A health trade union in a token strike demanding arrears - A Rs1000 allowance from government for 27 grades from next month

The All Lanka Health Services Union re-launched a two-day token trade union action at 6.30 a.m. today over several demands including salary arrears.

While they had carried out a three-day token trade union action last week as well, union chairman Samanta Koraley Aarachchi had said at a media briefing held earlier  that if a solution was not provided by the Health Minister by Monday a trade union action would be re-commenced.

It is according to this that a trade union action has thus been re-launched today.

However at a discussion 22 trade unions held with the Health Minister yesterday agreement had been reached to grant a 1000 rupee allowance to 27 grades from next month.

Expressing his views to media after the discussion held yesterday with the Finance Minister, Joint Trade Union Collective convener E. H. Somaratne said that his trade union collective would not support trade union actions taken by any other trade union.

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