After failing to reach a consensus with the hospital authorities,the PGIs Medical Technologists Association (MTA) observed a two-hour dharna followed by a candlelight procession from Panjab University till Sector 17 Plaza on Tuesday.
Terming it as a wake-up call for the authorities to act on the demands raised by the technologists,the MTA said emergency services were exempted from the strike in the patients interest and the deployment of technologists had not been condensed.
The MTA has further decided that if no concrete assurance comes from the PGI director about fulfilling their demands,a mass leave and dharna would be observed on February 16 from 9 am to 11 am.
Addressing the media,General Secretary of the MTA,Ashwini Munjal,said despite several assurances,their long-pending demands have not been met. These include cadre reviews,constitution of a committee to implement the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission,grant of patient care allowance and filling of the vacant posts of the technologists.
The PGI,meanwhile,termed the agitation as unjustified and said action would be taken against those who abstained from work.
The PGI spokesperson said most of the demands raised by the technicians have already been taken up with the Centre.