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Health sector trade unions will call off their strike tomorrow (Saturday) but are threatening another disruption from November 9, if demands are not met. Health sector trade unions will call off their strike tomorrow (Saturday) but are threatening another disruption from November 9, if demands are not met. “We will stop the strike tomorrow at 7.00 am but if they do not give us our requests, by November 08, we will go on strike again,” said President of the Health Services Trade Union Alliance (HSTUA), Saman Rathnapriya.

The HSTUA is threatening a continues island wide strike and fast unto death at all government hospitals, including the Ministry of Health and medical supplies divisions from Wednesday November 9, unless their demands are met.

The coalition that is made up of 54 trade unions and has a membership of 70,000 health sector personnel, is demanding full payment of a salary increase.

The unions claim they only received half of a salary increase promised in the 2004 budget and are demanding full payment.

The Ministry of Health mobilised the security forces yesterday to keep government hospitals open, as the unions began