ESMA: Nurses association to meet today in Thrissur to discuss further proceedings

Faith Castro
July 15, 2017

It will also consider the future of the strike that is called in.

While Achuthanandan wanted the government to give directions to hospital managements to hike the wages of nurses as per the Supreme Court guidelines, Chennithala said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan should hold talks with nurses' associations and hospital management representatives to end the stalemate.

The government's Industrial Relations Committee on Monday fixed the salary of the nurses based on the bed strength of hospitals, but the demand to fix basic pay at Rs 20,000 for all categories of hospitals was not addressed. The officials have said that the association will go on with the strike, no matter what the legal actions might be, if the wages are not increased.

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Justice P B Suresh Kumar stayed the proposed nurses strike on a petition which argued that their services fall under the ambit of essential services and sought invocation of the Essential Services Maintenance Act provisions against striking nurses. "If government is not ready to take a positive call on this issue, the jails will be filled with nurses as we are not ready to back out", said association state president Libin Thomas.

The Kerala government on Friday asked private hospital nurses, who are planning an indefinite strike from July 17 demanding higher wages, to give up their agitation. The United Nurses Association (UNA) has informed that if they do not get a favourable decision in the discussion on July 19, they will start strong protest.

On Thursday, private managements running hospitals in Thiruvananthapuram said that the medical services provided by them will be limited from Monday.

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