The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) yesterday postponed its scheduled countrywide strike by a week in response to a positive response from the government and appeals from religious leaders.
GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge said the response received at discussions with.....Higher Education and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella was promising and religious leaders too appealed for us to exercise more patience in engaging in trade union action.
The GMOA had discussions with the Asgiri Chapter Mahanayaka Thera and Cardinal Malcom Ranjith too had requested the GMOA to postpone the strike.
The GMOA was poised to launch a countrywide indefinite strike starting today demanding that the government must nationalize the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).
Last week, in response to agitations by undergraduates over SAITM and the doctors' strike calling for nationalization of SAITM, the government issued a statement saying that steps will be taken to conditionally halt student enrollment and awarding of medical degrees by SAITM.
UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim and SLFP General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake during a press briefing reasserted that the government will follow President Maithripala Sirisena's recommendations regarding SAITM, as soon as they are Gazetted.
"Three long-term options for SAITM were recommended earlier. It would either function as a Private-Public Partnership with a 51 per cent State ownership and 49 per cent listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange or as a consolidated fund organization," said Hashim.(Ceylon Today)