The text of the protest was not lost on anyone. After all, the nurses had been on strike for 114 days. “For 12-hour shifts a day, we are getting around Rs. 3,000 a month,” said their spokesperson.
The locals showed solidarity by brickbatting the hospital. The police did their bit with a lathicharge.
Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan talked to the nurses’ representative and called up chief minister Oommen Chandy.
A deal was brokered and the hospital announced that the demands would be met. The protest was called off.
But then came the twist in the tale. As soon as the protesters left, the hospital reneged on the deal. The strike was resumed. Post script: The administration is yet to station security at nearby tall buildings.