The All Ceylon Health Services Union launched a two day sick
note strike in the north and east on Tuesday demanding the immediate payment
rectification of salary anomalies recommended to the health sector early this
year. General Secretary of the All Ceylon Health Services Union (ACHSU) Dr. R. M.
Ranasingha said the clerks of the combined services and several other health
service categories in health institutions and hospitals of the north and east had
not been paid.
He claimed that the union had met and discussed the issue with
the governor of the north and east on several occasions. These categories carried
out a one day token sick note campaign on Monday (November 1) as well.
However, Ranasingha said the authorities had maintained silence
regarding the issue. He pointed out that even the clerks and the drivers
affiliated to the health services in the Ampara district had suffered as a result
of reducing their October salaries to a mere Rs. 275.
Several categories of the north-east health services (including
those in the combined health services) had planned to stage a protest outside the
north-eastern governorís office in Trincomalee at 12 noon yesterday. "This is in
addition to the sick note campaign," Ranasingha said. (DJ)