More than a week after 2000 nurses of Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research held a 24-hour strike which crippled health services, the PGI Nurses Welfare Association on Friday said it would again go on an indefinite strike from March 15.
A press statement issued by the nurses association said that the decision on the indefinite strike was taken by the coordination committee under All India Government Nurses Federation in New Delhi on Thursday.
“More hospitals and institutions, which were not part of the mass casual leave on February 26, have decided to join the strike. The nurses of the Railways hospitals as well as ESI dispensaries and hospitals all over India will observe the strike,” said Lakhvinder Singh, president of the PGI Nurses Welfare Association.
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He said that PGI Chandigarh would participate and make the strike a success. “The PGI administration makes the PGI nurses work for more than 160 hours per month…and does not conform to the eight-hour duty period per week as established by law,” said Singh.
According to the PGI nurses association, it is protesting against the non-implementation of the 7th pay commission recommendations in which the starting grade pay of the nurses had been proposed to be Rs 4,600, instead of Rs 5,400.
Also, according to the association, the seventh pay commission has not recommended the risk allowance and non practice allowance for the nurses. Nursing allowance has not been raised to Rs 7,800 and night allowance is not being allowed. The nurses have also been demanding full payment for child care leave and conveyance allowance.