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Chandigarh GMSH staff up in arms over long-pending demands

According to the protesters, posts at the hospital have been lying vacant for the last seven years.

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During the protest at GMSH-16, Chandigarh, on Monday. (Express Photo by Sahil Walia)

Employees of Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, Monday protested against the hospital authorities for not addressing their long-pending demands.

More than 50 staff members held a protest under the banner of Joint Action Committee (JAC), an amalgam of five unions of the hospital.

The agitating employees, who raised slogans against the hospital administration, warned of more protests if their demands were not met.

According to the protesters, posts at the hospital have been lying vacant for the last seven years. “They have not been listening to our demands for a long time now,” said Lazar Alfred, General Secretary of JAC.

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Later in the afternoon, the members of the staff met the senior officials, who assured them that their demands would be met within 15 days.

President of JAC, Kalwanjit Singh, who addressed the gathering, urged the administration to fulfill the demands and restore manpower.

“The administration is opening new departments, centres and even starting specialised OPDs at GCBH , Sector 22, CHC, Sector 45, and evening OPDs at GMSG, Sector 16, without deploying manpower,” he said.

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The employees have also demanded that the authorities quash orders of imposing penalties on 16 employees of various categories with “retrospective effect”.