Provincial ambulance drivers give notice of strike

By Cyril Wimalasurendre

KANDY – The Provincial Health Service Drivers’ organisation yesterday threatened to stage a strike. 

The officials of the All Island Provincial Health Service Drivers’ Organisation told a media conference at Katugastota yesterday afternoon that if there was no positive response to their demands they would resort to a token strike on Dec. 21. 

After the token strike the authorities would be given another week to solve the workers’ problems and unless they complied, a continuous strike would commence on Dec. 28, the President of the All Island Provincial Health Service Drivers’ Organisation Pradeep Nishantha Silva told the media conference.

The provincial health service drivers’ main demand is that they be confirmed in their service like their counterparts under the line ministry.

Provincial health service drivers were transferred from department to department, the president of the organisation said, adding that ambulance drivers did a very responsible job and their competence would not be of any use if they were transferred to other departments. 

He said state authorities including President Sirisena had not granted the organisation an opportunity to make representations.

Among the Speakers at the media conference were Wasantha Kumara (President North Central Province), Arun Baskaran (Easter Province), N. Chandrasiri, (President Eastern Province), Sarath Kumarasiri (Northern Province) and Sampath Karunaratne (Central Province).

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