Largest nurses union threatens trade union action over unfulfilled promises

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

The Public Service United Nurses Union (PSUNU) yesterday warned they would resort to a two-day sick note campaign early next month (April 2 and 3) to win six demands including the implementation of nurses promotions after 12 years of service.

 Spokesman for the largest trade union R. K. Batuwita said that the PSUNU had held discussions with Health Minister, Rajitha Senaratne and his officials on Feb. 6, during and they had agreed to meet the union demands. However, after several weeks of waiting, they had found that nothing has been done so far.

 The unionist warned that the sick note campaign would be carried out in all hospitals and they would resort to a continuous strike if unless the nurses demands were met.

 The demands also include the implementation of the nurses’ overtime circular, risk, inventory allowances from January 1, 2015, establishing the nurses degree awarding institution without further delay, paying Rs. 25,000 as a professional allowance to nurses and the payment of 1/20 of the salary for working on Saturdays.

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