A section of private hospital nurses in Kerala on strike

A section of nurses working in private hospitals began a 24-hour-strike in Kerala on Thursday morning, citing various demands including implementation of the revised wages in the sector.

The agitation, which would continue till Friday morning, was called by the United Nurses Association (UNA).

Nurses assigned on emergency and casualty duties have been exempted from the strike, UNA representatives said.

Their main demand was to resolve the ongoing 178-day-old agitation by the nurses of KVM Hospital at Cherthala in Alappuzha district seeking the implementation of minimum wages.

They claimed that the hospital managements had not been paying them minimum wages and other benefits mandated in 2013.

Hundreds of nurses turned up before the KVM Hospital to express solidarity with their striking colleagues.