GMOA takes its case to higher ups; Rebel says its days are numbered


By Don Asoka Wijewardena

Dr. Chandika Epitakaduwa, the Media Spokesman of the GMOA Trustees yesterday said that he had sent comprehensive letters on the present crisis situation in the GMOA to Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne, Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena, Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary Goatabhaya Rajapaksa.

 Addressing a media conference at OPA Colombo yesterday Dr. Epitakaduwa said that due to the present crisis, issues such as the annual transfer scheme, salary adjustments, admission of doctors’ children to schools and several job-related issues could not be solved.

Two trustees had violated the GMOA Constitution and supported the anti-GMOA rebels, he alleged.

Dr. Niroshana Premaratne who heads the rebel group, contacted for comment, said that the GMOA was not supposed to seek any favours from politicians as it was an apolitical trade union. But, the media spokesman had made a big mistake.

GMOA was a trade union which was supposed to promote welfare of the doctors, but had brought to the notice of powerful politicians’ the crisis it faced. It was totally illegal, he said.

Dr. Premaratne said that Dr. Nimal Ratneaena as a former GMOA President was well versed with the provisions of the GMOA Constitution. As far as he was aware Dr. Ratnasena had no intention of violating the Constitution. Dr. Ratnasena and Dr. Lalantha Ranasinghe had pointed out the injunction order was correct and all had to obey the court order. 

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