Contract staff strike to hit hospital services today

Hospital services in the state are likely to be affected from tomorrow as contractual workers have decided to go on indefinite hunger strike to demand minimum wages of Rs 205 per day.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: March 16, 2012 2:34 am

Hospital services in the state are likely to be affected from tomorrow as contractual workers have decided to go on indefinite hunger strike to demand minimum wages of Rs 205 per day.

The workers,under the banner of Sara Bangla Hospital Rogi Kalyan O Asthayi Thika Karmi Aika Kendra,claimed that the director of health services had recently issued an order that contractual staff won’t be issued identity cards. They claimed that without identity cards,it would be difficult for them to get a fixed amount of minimum wage.

While some of the workers get Rs 60 per day,some get Rs 35,but the labour department had recommended that a worker’s minimum wage should be Rs 205 per day,they said.

Biswanath Chowdhury,chief adviser of the organization,said they would continue their strike until the state health department cancels the order and issued a fresh order. They also plan to send a deputation to the chief minister demanding restoration of minimum wage.

The order issued by the director of health services on February 15 mentions that all chief medical officers,health,and block medical officers,health,have been asked not to issue identity certificates to contractual daily wage workers.

As 22,000 contractual workers go on hunger strike,services are likely to be affected in the state’s 33 state general hospitals,44 subdivisional hospitals,269 rural hospitals,79 block primary healthcare centres,909 primary health care centres,15 district hospitals and 12 state-run medical colleges.

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