The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) will meet this week to decide on trade union action in an effort to protest against the forthcoming Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) between Sri Lanka and India.
The GMOA Central Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday where the association will discuss at length on various matters ranging from the ETCA to the government benefits provided to them. During the meeting, the GMOA will decide on what sort of trade union action it will take in their efforts to campaign against the ETCA, which they claim is detrimental to the country and the professional community.
The GMOA is also irked that the government has cut down on the various benefits provided to them including the vehicle permits granted to doctors, as well as preference not given to the children of doctors when granting schools.
The government is set to sign the controversial ETCA with India before end of 2016. The GMOA has claimed that the ETCA will pave way for Indian professionals to come to Sri Lanka for jobs, which will jeopardize job opportunities for Sri Lankans.
However, Minister of International Trade Malik Samarawickrama has said that the government will not allow any foreigners to infiltrate the local job market, unless under special cases.