Sri Lanka - Nurses union lodges complaint with ILO (2012)

The Government Nursing Officers Association (GNOA) , the Health Services Trade Union Alliance (HSTUA), and the Trade Union Confederation (TUC) lodged a complaint with the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association. The complaint concerned the intimidation of nursing staff who had taken part in a strike in 2010 (see the 2011 edition of the Survey), the transfer of 34 GNOA activists to distant hospitals to prevent them from taking part, and the authorities’ refusal release from duty the president of the GNOA, Saman Rathnapriya. He was refused release from duties at the beginning of the year, even though he had been granted it for the previous four years. The unions considered this to be an act of reprisal against the union president for his role in the strike.

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