PGI contractual workers hold strike, later call off

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Oct 21, 2014 21:41 IST

In protest against non-payment of Diwali bonus, the hospital and sanitation attendants at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) observed complete strike for the first four hours of their duty on Wednesday.

However they called off the strike after the PGIMER administration transferred bonus amount in their accounts at around 11am.

There are around 700 sanitation and hospital attendants at the PGIMER and their duty starts at around 6am. On finding that the bonus money, as assured by the administration, was not transferred to their accounts, the sanitation workers started gathering in front of lawns at the Advanced Pediatrics Centre of the institute.

Later the hospital attendants also joined their protest. Their services are essential for the hospital in managing biomedical waste and various other services at the hospital.

These are contractual workers and are being led by institute's contract workers' union. The strike initially paralysed the sanitation and other services but soon after the banks were opened, the PGIMER administration swung into action and the bonus money was transferred to their accounts. The sources revealed that the delay in payment of the money happened due to some technical reasons.

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