Kerala nurses call off stir; deal reached on interim relief

The nurses working in various private hospitals in Thrissur decided to called off their protest conditionally after the government extended its support to their cause.

Published: 22nd June 2017 07:47 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd June 2017 07:47 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The nurses working in various private hospitals in Thrissur decided to call off their protest conditionally after the government extended its support to their cause.

Representatives of United Nurses Association (UNA) and hospital managements met Industries Minister A C Moideen and Agriculture Minister V S Sunil Kumar to discuss the issue in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday.

During the meeting it was decided to provide half of the basic salary as interim relief from July 1. State president of UNA Jasmine Shah said the strike would be withdrawn only in hospitals that agree with interim relief on Thursday. The agreement will be signed by hospital managements in the presence of district labour officer. IRC meeting on June 27 will discuss issues, including wage revision.

The ministers promised the government would implement the demand for minimum wages. Shah warned the nurses will be forced to restart the strike if there was no decision on minimum wages.

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