Nurses at the Jubilee Memorial Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram have started a strike, accusing the management of asking pregnant nurses to resign.

The nurses, who have started the agitation under United Nurses Association (UNA), have alleged that the hospital management is terminating pregnant nurses from the job and also banning nurses unions in the hospital. 

The management, on their part, have claimed that they have nothing against nurses unions, according to Asianet News.

Hundreds of nurses in Kerala have been on strike for the past few days demanding minimum wages of Rs 20,000 as fixed by the Supreme Court. The UNA and Indian Nurses Association (INA) are spearheading the stir.

Meanwhile, CPM Kannur district secretary P Jayarajan has criticised the Kannur district collector’s order to depute nursing students in private hospitals in the wake of the nurses' strike.

Slamming the move, Jayarajan said that the order will have severe and farreaching consequences. The order, which came out on Sunday, had invited criticism from several sectors.