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Health workers defy Court go ahead with sick note campaign

Health workers yesterday defied a Court order against their proposed trade union action and went ahead with their planned two-day sick note campaign yesterday.

The Colombo District Court on Monday issued an order barring the Health Services Trade Union Joint Front (HSTUJF) and 14 other health sector trade unions from going ahead with their sick note campaign on Tuesday and Wednesday.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who met union representatives on Monday evening, instructed the Health Ministry to immediately pay overtime and holiday pay to paramedical staff irrespective of the attendance registration through the finger print machine.

HSTUJF Convener Gamini Kumarasinghe told The Island that two union members, both minor employees, attached to the Colombo National hospital, were arrested by the Maradana police yesterday morning. He alleged they were arrested on the verbal request of the Health Minister’s National Hospital Organiser on the recommendation of the Minister. But, police said, they were obstructing those who reported for duty.