Thousands of nurses of the private hospitals in Kerala are on struggle for the last few weeks demanding payment of minimum wages of Rs. 20,000 as declared by the Supreme Court. This is a fully justified demand. The management of the private hospitals who collect hefty amounts from the patients are denying even the minimum wage to the nurses. These nurses have to go through vigorous training for three years or more and require practical experience. Many hospitals ask the staff to work more than 8-10 hours.

Nursing is a highly skilled job and requires to be treated as such. But even the minimum wage is denied to them.

The Managements and the government should settle the issues raised by the nurses and their associations!