By Team Asianet Newsable | 06:29 PM July 14, 2017
Invoke ESMA against striking nurses: Kerala High Court


  • As many as 80,000 nurses has threatened to go on an indefinite strike starting July 17
  • Managements threatened to shut down private hospitals from July 14, but then cancelled the decision
  • Hospitals then approached High Court and the bench told government to invoke ESMA against striking nurses
  • The nurses association said that they will continue with the strike demanding wage hike

The Kerala High Court told the government to invoke Essential Services Maintenance (ESMA) against the nurses in case they went on indefinite strike. The court issued the directive on a petition filed by private hospitals. 

The High Court bench said that human lives are more important and hence government should invoke ESMA in case nurses decide to go ahead with an indefinite strike from July 17.

Also read: Kerala health care in crisis as 80,000 nurses to go on strike

Private hospital managements approached court stating that they won't be able to operate intensive care units and other emergency services in case nurses decide to go ahead with the strike. 

The managements had on Wednesday threatened to shut down private hospitals from Wednesday. But as the Health Minister threatened of dire consequences the management association declared that they never took such a decision.

Read more: Hospitals to remain open on Monday, clarifies association 

The United Nurses Association (UNA) informed that they would continue with their plan to strike from Monday. They also said that their only demand is to ensure the minimum wage recommended by Supreme Court. 

The protesting nurses are demanding a minimum wage of ₹20,000. They also state that the management is doing injustice by merging daily allowance (DA) with basic salary and fixing it at ₹17,200.

The functioning of hospitals across the state will be affected, with almost 80,000 nurses going on an indefinite strike from July 17.

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