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Community health workers end strike

The women Community Health Workers (CHWs) ended their 13-day strike on Thursday after the Mayor agreed to increase their wages.

The women Community Health Workers (CHWs) ended their 13-day strike on Thursday after the Mayor agreed to increase their wages. Around 3,000 community health workers had been on strike for the past several days demanding an increase in their salary from Rs 1,500 to Rs 5,000 and a monthly pension of Rs 2,000 for retired CHWs who have worked for more than 10 years.

“The Mayor has accepted the proposal to hike the salary of the CHWs and will have a meeting with them today”,said Prakash Devdas,president of the Mahapalika Arogyaseva Karmachari Sanghatana.

He said the wages that will be determined will not be less than Rs 5000 per month.

“A proposal to give CHWs preference in vacancies in Class IV jobs in hospitals is being considered,” he added. However,Dr G T Ambe,medical health officer,BMC said,“Although nothing in particular has been fixed,demands of community health workers will be considered sympathetically.”

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A meeting between the Mayor and the workers is supposed to take place today.

There are around 3,000 women CHWs across 176 health posts in the BMC. They go door-to-door in slum communities to screen residents for illnesses. They also give medical counselling to pregnant women,hold family planning workshops and distribute contraceptives.

First published on: 26-03-2010 at 12:30:02 am
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