CM Office Intervenes, Nurses Put off Strike in State

Thrissur: The proposed strike by the nurses in the State on Monday has been postponed following the intervention of the Chief Minister’s office. 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.

Meanwhile, UNA will go ahead with their planned protest in front of the Secretariat on July 21. UNA said a decision on this matter will be taken only after the discussion on July 19.

Earlier, the government had put forward the condition that a discussion on their demands would be possible if they postponed the indefinite strike. The nurses demand for a basic salary of Rs 20,000. But the government has taken the stance that they can be given a salary upto Rs 17,000.

Meanwhile, the High Court ordered that the UNA and the Indian Nurses Association office-bearers and members should stay away from the strike. The HC said the Essential Services Maintenance (ESMA) had been declared in the health service sector earlier and the strike cannot be allowed.

An interim order banning the strike was issued by the court during the hearing of a petition filed by Harish Pillai, President of the Kerala chapter of Association of Healthcare Providers.