JVP union accuses other nurses unions of betrayal

By Dasun Edirisinghe

The Public Service United Nurses Union (PSUNU) and Government Nursing Officers’ Association (GNOA) had betrayed the nurses’ struggle, pro-JVP All Ceylon Nursing Officers Association (ACNOA) alleged yon Tuesday.

ACNOA General Secretary Gamini Kumarasinghe claimed that leaders of the PSUNU and GNOA now could not go to their respective hospitals due to the opposition from their members following the ‘grand betrayal’.

He said that they had started the strike demanding labour room training for nurses and several other issues but those two unions had pulled out of the strike on Monday and Tuesday, trotting out lame excuses.

"We started the trade union action collectively," Kumarasinghe said, adding that their union, too, had to stop the strike at 1.00 pm yesterday after a demonstration opposite the Kurunegala, Matara, Matale, Kandy and Kalutara hospitals.

The strike would be continued only in the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital due to the Director’s suppression of nurses, he alleged.

Kumarasinghe said that their membership was very unhappy that the strike had been suspended without winning their demands. "They stopped the strike even without a discussion with the officials of the Health Ministry.

The JVP trade unionist said that they would not organise joint strikes in the future and their union would go it alone .

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