Over 150 trade unions in the Government, semi government and private sectors will go on strike tomorrow (28) demanding that the Government steps down.
The striking trade unions include those in the health, estate, banking, postal,trains and buses, printing and teaching sectors.
Informed sources said, other than the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA), the Government Medical Officers’ Forum and the Public Service United Nurses’ Union (PSUNU) all other Health service unions would strike.The health service trade unions would maintain the emergency and essential health services during their strike, they added.
Meanwhile, the President of the Government Medical Officers’ Forum, Dr. Rukshan Bellana, when contacted for comment as to why his trade union had decided not to join the strike, said that they were strictly and A-political Trade union. “State sector employees should not prostitute their trade unions to achieve political gains.” He said that a certain medical trade union had struck during former Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne’stime claiming there were drug shortages. Similar allegations were being levelled. Even now, claims are being made that there was shortage of over 8,000 drugs. But in reality there are only over 2,500 drugs with only a shortage of 60 types, he added.
By Dilanthi Jayamanne