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Kannur nurses ends strike

Posted on Nov 20, 09:27PM | UNI

The Indian Nurses Association (INA), which held a strike against the four private hospitals here since October 22 demanding salary hike and implementing a three-shift system, has ended its strike.

The strike ended yesterday after a seven hours discussion between the INA state leaders and the district leaders of qualified private medical practitioners' and hospital' association district leaders at Collectorate Chamber with the presence of district collector Rathan Kelkar and MP, K Sudhakaran.

Both the parties came to an agreement that the nurses would get an interim allowance of Rs 1000 per month and a night allowance of Rs 250 per day which would come into effect from December, 2012. The other agreement was the interim allowance would be given till the Industrial relation Committee (IRC) submits its report before the government and the status quo would maintain against other demands. The management also promised that they will not take any action against the nurses.

INA state secretary Muhammed Shihab said K Sudhakaran, MP had promised that the Health Minister and the Labour Minister would also consider their demand for a three-shift duty.

More than 400 nurses in four private hospitals, Koyili, Lourde, Dhanalakshmi and Ashirwad, participated in the strike, demanding a hike in salary and implementing a three-shift system.