Strikers told to resume work by Friday 8 pm

DAINIK NATION BUREAU

To end the ongoing strike of GVK-EMRI 108 ambulance service, who have been on strike since January 2, official convened meeting with them but could not convince them. To resume the service management has asked the striking employees to join their duties before Friday 8 pm otherwise their service would be terminated. A day ago chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat had categorically said that they are working on contract so state government can’t help them. Although he asked the department concerned to look into this.

To persuade the workers, the director general ( DG) medical health and family welfare department Dr T C Pant had a meeting with them in the presence of Additional Secretary Arunendra S Chauhan and state head of GVK -EMRI 108 service Manish Tinku but failed to reach on any conclusive end.

Thereafter Tinku issued orders, asking them to resume work before 8 pm on Friday. He reiterated that if they fail to turn up then their service would be terminated with immediate effect. Meanwhile we have started a recruitment drive and the new employees would join within one week.

Meanwhile, the strike had derailed the state health services for the second consecutive day. More than 700 field workers of the service which is considered most vital for saving lives of patients have been on strike since Wednesday.

The workers are annoyed over the decision to cut salary in connection with the mass leave they had undertaken in August last. Besides, they are demanding timely payment of salaries and allowances aside from their basic salary being fixed as per the labour laws. They also want the ambulance workers not be unnecessarily transferred and a committee be constituted to look into their problems.

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