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GMOA to launch 24-hour strike on May 17

11 May 2018 01:13 pm - 22     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The GMOA today said it would launch a countrywide 24-hour work stoppage on May 17 as a protest against the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed with Singapore, proposed Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) with India and several other issues.

GMOA Secretary Haritha Aluthge told a news conference that the work stoppage would begin at 8.00 am at all government hospitals.

“The work stoppage is certain. However, the authorities still have time to provide us with a resonable solution. They should not enter into or implement such agreements in an arbitrary manner without setting up a national policy on international trade agreements,” he said.

Dr. Aluthge said the FTA recently signed with Singapore was not in line with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) participles and detrimental to the country. He said this FTA would create an open space for foreign countries to invade Sri Lanka's job market.

Dr. Aluthge said the FTA had not included a termination date and exit clause and such an agreement was disadvantageous to the country and that the authorities concerned had signed this FTA without presenting it to Parliament. He said International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama should be held responsible for it.

“Sri Lanka and India are to hold the next round of official level talks on the proposed ETCA at the end of May. We are against it as well. That is why we have decided to launch this work stoppage on May 17,” he said. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)

  Comments - 22

  • Ahmed Friday, 11 May 2018 01:18 PM

    Singaporians wont steal your jobs. they are the only people who give you guys on arrival visa for your holiday trips. dont protest against a friend.

    sach Friday, 11 May 2018 01:39 PM

    Why did Singaporeans approached the government and came with this agreement? This is not about jobs. This is disadvantageous to SL

    CS Friday, 11 May 2018 01:22 PM

    These idiots, must be brought down to earth. They are poking their noses into every damn thing. The government can not be like 'ostriches putting their head in hole' until a threat passes.

    alex Friday, 11 May 2018 01:47 PM

    and the Govt. and the people of SL think they can attract medical tourist LOL

    sujata Friday, 11 May 2018 01:47 PM

    do these guys get paid for all these days that they don't work?

    lankan Friday, 11 May 2018 02:38 PM

    wish i was a doctor.. i could get salary just sleeping at home

    Dhammika Friday, 11 May 2018 09:46 PM

    If NOT paid they will STRIKE for that as well .

    pradeep Friday, 11 May 2018 01:48 PM

    how many days in year do these guys actually work

    Empulz Friday, 11 May 2018 01:58 PM

    What on earth is wrong with them??? They can mind there business without poking to every damn thing.

    Ram Friday, 11 May 2018 02:05 PM

    Well said CS.Idiots are always idiots. There is no medical cure. The only cure is for the public to give them a lesson of their lives.

    Jay Friday, 11 May 2018 02:08 PM

    This should be made Essential Services. These so called doctors are not practicing their profession but putting their snout into matters not related to them. It's high time the government gets tough with them. Enough is enough.

    sas Friday, 11 May 2018 03:53 PM

    GMOA members have been misled by one man; that is Dr.Padeniya. Singapor's percapita income is at least eighteen times higher than Srilanka's. Singapore is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Its health care system is second best in Asia after Japan. Will they come here for employment? If this agreement was signed by the previous regime they most certainly would keep silence.

    malij Friday, 11 May 2018 06:39 PM

    Good comment.

    Dhanush Friday, 11 May 2018 11:50 PM

    yes certainly i think Dr Padeniya is working for JO, as their plan to toppled the GOVT in parliament got failed this fellow going to strike and earn from channeling.

    Samson Friday, 11 May 2018 04:08 PM

    Gmoa has more issues than FTA, so they should have a longer strike and inconvenience the public who sponsored their education. About time the public gave a lesson for their life to these thugs to remember.

    Mano Friday, 11 May 2018 06:39 PM

    Keep on thinking . If singapore nationals are not willing , is there an option provided and who will consider .

    Cakewalk Friday, 11 May 2018 04:13 PM

    Its funny how easily sri lankans are triggered. I bet my left ear, that >70% of this forum doesn't know what ECTA is, and why the GMOA is fighting against it. Suggestion: Read up on it, and see what effects it has on sri lankan professionals.

    Prasanna Friday, 11 May 2018 06:15 PM

    Do your duty first morons, without poking nose into every single matter.. Even god cant help Sri Lanka.

    Dee Friday, 11 May 2018 07:06 PM

    If our GMOA is capable and efficient, will people ever sight mouth Elizabeth?

    Observer Friday, 11 May 2018 07:22 PM

    The vast majority of GMOA members are rustic and may not understand what this FTA and ECTA etc. over whichtheir. Association is fighting about.Like the UNP beinga one man show being controlled by RW the GMOA is run by some Aluthge or Paranage/ Pavadeniya..There should be some control over them by the Govt.

    ja Friday, 11 May 2018 07:23 PM

    @sas. Your comment exposes the ugly face of GMOA. It shows GMOA is nothing but a bunch of megalomaniac hypocrites, who are under illusion that they are living in a higher plane above others. They are opposing ETCA only to protect the monopoly they are having in our health care sector. They do not care a damn about the country.One good example:GMOA vehemently opposed the creation of 1990 ambulance service. .

    Dhanush Friday, 11 May 2018 09:03 PM

    Get down those doctors from singapore as soon as possible so GMOA can do their strike forever.

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