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15 July 2017, 06:08 | Melissa Porter
United Nurses’ Association staging an agitation in front of the Secretariat
He said the hospital managements were expected to agree to the rightful demands of the nurses to increase wages.
The Kerala High Court told the government to invoke Essential Services Maintenance (ESMA) against the nurses in case they went on indefinite strike.
The minister's statement comes in the wake of the Kerala High Court restraining nurses' organisations from holding the indefinite stir, based on a petition filed by association of private hospitals.
However, the United Nurses Association (UNA), that has been at the forefront of the protest, maintained that they will not end the strike till their demands are met. However, by opting to close down hospitals they have proved they are operating the hospitals for commercial interests.
About 100 nurses tried to return to work when the strike ended but were turned away by hospital security staff. We allowed some nurses to work earlier to avoid inconveniences to hospitals and patients. While we have made a decision to give the managements time to look into the demands till July 21, all nurses in the state will go on an indefinite strike in front of the Secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram if the situation does not change by then. Lalitha, managing director of Kozhikode-based Malabar Hospital, said many newly graduate nurses lacked basic skills in the profession, and it was the on-the-job training at private hospitals that made them flawless.
The strike was the first in the Boston area for more than 30 years, but nurses are saying more and more they are getting burnt out at their jobs and not achieving work life balance.
Administrative Reforms Commission Chairman and senior CPM leader V S Achuthanandan has urged the government to ensure that private hospital nurses are paid the salaries instructed by the Supreme Court.
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