Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will hold talks with representatives of the protesting nurses in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday, July 20.

The state government on Sunday invited the nurses unions' for discussions regarding their demands and meeting with the CM will take place on Thursday. Private hospital managements have also been invited for the meeting.

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Meanwhile, hospital managements have stated that they are ready to pay the salary fixed by the state government to the nurses. A decision in this regard was taken by the representatives of managements after a meeting in Kochi on Sunday evening.

“We are ready to pay the salary fixed by the government, though we feel it is high. We hope the government will now take steps to end the nurses' strike as directed by the High Court. We will discuss other issues in the meeting proposed on Thursday,” reports quoted management representatives after the meeting.

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However, the nurses' unions had stated that they are not willing to work for the salary fixed by the government either. The government had fixed a basic pay of Rs 17,200 to nurses. However, the nurses unions insist on the minimum wages of Rs 20,000 as fixed by the Supreme Court.

The nurses of private hospitals in the state have been protesting for the last three weeks.