Cooperative hospitals exempted from strike, they say

Managements of five private hospitals in the district bracing for a strike call by the Indian Nurses Association (INA) from October 22 have accused the association of singling out private hospitals and exempting cooperative hospitals from the strike.

Pay revision

The INA has decided to go on strike at Dhanalakshmi Hospital, Koyili Hospital, Ashirvad Hospital, and Speciality Hospital in Kannur and Lourde Hospital at Taliparamba demanding revision of pay scale as recommended in the Balram committee report, three-shift duty schedule equivalent to that in government hospitals, and 10 per cent annual increment for senior nurses.

The managements of the hospitals have urged the Indian Nurses Association to withdraw the strike call.

They said the nurses’ association had exempted the cooperative hospitals in the district and its members were working at those hospitals as well. The proposed strike of the nurses was only to harass the private hospitals managed by members of the Qualified Private Medical Practitioners’ Association (QPMPA), according to QPMPA representatives.

The managements said they were not in a position to implement the Balram committee report, which had not been accepted by the State government.

The managements said they were paying salary to the employees as per the minimum wages notified by the government.

The managements also informed the INA that the demand for 10 per cent increase on monthly salary every year could not be considered.

They said the government had constituted an industrial relations committee (IRC) under the chairmanship of the State Labour Commissioner with equal representation of employers and employees.

The INA being one of the representatives on the IRC, it could raise the demands in the charter of demands submitted before the IRC, the hospital managements said.

‘No justification’

Noting that the IRC had been constituted with the objective of framing uniform terms and conditions of service of staff nurses working in hospitals in the State, Joseph Benaven of Lourde Hospital and past district president of QPMPA said there was no justification on the part of the INA to raise the charter of demands before individual hospitals.

Terming the proposed strike illegal and unjustifiable, Dr. Benaven said the managements wanted the INA to raise its demands before the IRC to maintain peace and harmony in the hospitals.

  • Call upon INA to withdraw the

    strike call

  • Say they are unable to implement Balram panel report