Nurses to decide on islandwide protest on 2 Aug.
2 years ago
BY Dinitha Rathnayake The Government Nursing Officers’ Association (GNOA) is scheduled to take a final decision on 2 August regarding the staging of protest campaigns at all islandwide hospitals over the health authorities’ non-gazetting of the promotions to nursing officers. Speaking to The Morning, GNOA President Saman Rathnapriya said that the protest which was staged in this regard at all hospitals across the island on 28 July, was successful. “The protest campaign will be conducted next week if the authorities fail to publish the gazette notification pertaining to the promotions of nursing officers,” Rathnapriya added. According to Rathnapriya, the protests will be conducted in around 100 main hospitals located islandwide. The nursing trade unions previously conducted a strike action on 1 and 2 July of this year, following the failure of discussions with the Government and the Health Ministry to resolve nine key issues related to the nursing service. Following the strike action, a Cabinet paper was submitted with regard to promotions in the nursing service, which was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers, and accordingly, was forwarded to the Public Administration and Management Ministry/Public Services Ministry and the Public Service Commission. Rathnapriya further added that the circulars pertaining to the respective Cabinet paper are yet to be published, and that therefore, the Association is awaiting the results.