Health workers  make six demands


By Dilanthi Jayamanne

The All Ceylon Health Workers’ Union (ACHWU) demonstrated yesterday making six demands. President of the ACHWU T. H. Somaratne said that they had held discussions on their six demands for over two years with the authorities without any results.

He said: "There are over 30,000 minor employees serving in major hospitals and they strive to maintain services amidst numerous difficulties. Substitute and casual minor employees have been serving for over three years without being confirmed in service.

He said demands of the ACHWU included the promised uniform allowance. The ACHWU wanted at least Rs. 7,500 each. Minor employees should also be paid a 1/30 allowance for working on Saturdays. At present they worked on Saturday’s without a single rupee being paid to them. It was hard on minor employees who received a low salary of Rs. 11,760. The union wants a five-thousand-rupee pay hike. The Saturday allowance should be paid to all minor employees, it says.

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