PSM warns of 48-hour strike

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

The Professions Supplementary to Medicine (PSM) warned they would stage a 48-hour strike, commencing on November 6, if the Health Ministry fails to meet their demands for on call, over time and PSM promotions. General Secretary for the PSM Union, Saman Jayasekara said yesterday that the government should at least increase the on call and overtime allowances in its budgetary proposals for 2013.

He said the PSM had taken the decision during an executive committee meeting held last morning. PSM on call and overtime allowances have not been up dated since 2001. They have also not been given grade promotions since 2005. He said there were PSM who served for over 12 years but were stagnating in the same grade owing to this reason.

Jayasekara said that the government should take urgent steps to recruit PSM graduates.

He said the Health Ministry had appointed a committee in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance six months ago. Its report was sent to the Finance Ministry three months later. The PSMs demanded that all these anomalies be paid in the 2013 budget. The PSM is scheduled to hold its final round of discussions with the Health Secretary which would decide on their further trade union action.

However. the five PSM unions, namely the medical laboratory technologists, radiographers, physiotherapists and occupational therapists would initiate a two day strike on Tuesday (06) at 8 a.m. in hospitals countrywide.

Meanwhile the Health Ministry said that monetory decisions were not in its hands.

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