The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) today said that it would launch a 24-hour token strike from 8 a.m. tomorrow over a salary anomaly issue.
GMOA Secretary Haritha Aluthge told a news briefing that the incumbent government had violated the National Salaries Policy by increasing the salaries of the judicial and legal sectors while neglecting several other executive officers including medical officers.
“We have written to President Maithripala Sirisena on this matter,” he said and added that a memorandum was submitted to the Cabinet yesterday with the view to rectifying the salary anomalies.
However, as far as we are aware, the Cabinet paper does not envisage a solution to the executive officers whereas it has proposed to provide special privileges to selected sectors,” Dr. Aluthge said adding that doctors had not received any special privileges and had to bear extra administrative and legal responsibilities subjected to disciplinary action.
He urged the President to look into this matter and ensure that the salary anomalies were solved meting out justice to all sectors.
“We will continue with our trade union action next week if the Cabinet goes ahead with the memo,” Dr. Aluthge warned. (Sheain Fernandopulle)