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Choithram staff?s memo

india Updated: Nov 20, 2006 17:55 IST

THE STRIKING employees of Choithram Hospital here today submitted a memorandum listing their demands to Madhya Pradesh Labour Minister Jagdish Devda, who promised them speedy redressal.

The employees, under the aegis of Choithram Hospital Karmachari Sangh, affiliated to the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, gave the memorandum to Devda – who was in the City in connection with a programme at Peethampur — at Residency Kothi. Earlier, BJP leader Vishnu Prasad Shukla too visited the hospital and listened to their woes..

In the meantime, more than a week after the indefinite strike started, no solution seems within sight as both the sides — the employees union and the hospital management  – remain adamant on their stands.

The employees claim they would end strike and return to work only after the management assures in writing to comply with their demands while the management claims they are not bound to speak with any other union till March 2007 and would comply with valid demands only after the employees return to work.

“When we ask the employees to come for negotiations, they are adamant to bring along outside leaders. Why should we speak persons from outside?” Hospital’s director (medical services) Col (Retd) Dr Kamalakar Vaidya asked.

To the claims by the employees’ leaders about increasing waste in hospital premises and also improper way of laundry cleaning, Dr Vaidya said, “Our contract labourers are carrying out their jobs properly. Even though not at its best, we can fairly say we are managing the show.”

Union secretary Pratap Karosia said, “The management has asked us to return to work after which they would agree to our demands. If they are so concerned about our demands, why do they not agree right away?”

Class III and IV employees, under the aegis of Choithram Hospital Karmachari Sangh and Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, have struck work over an 11-point charter of demands. Intervention by the Deputy Labour Commissioner too has failed to find a solution with both sides adamant on their respective stands.