ATTEMPTS BY Assistant Labour Commissioner to work out a solution after class four employees of Choithram Hospital and Research Centre (CHRC) gave an indefinite strike call two days ago, failed today as the Hospital management did not attend the meeting saying, “intimation for it came to us very late.”
The class four employees, under the banner of Choithram Hospital Karmachari Union and Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh, had started their indefinite strike two days ago, protesting non-compliance of many of their old demands, including payment on collector rate.
“The Assistant Labour Commissioner had called us today at 4 pm to find out an amicable solution. But nobody from the management side turned up. Now, another meeting has been called at 12 noon tomorrow. Let’s see what is their stand,” Karmachari Sangh secretary Pratap Karosia said.
“If they (the hospital management) do not come to attend the meeting tomorrow also, we will be forced to take legal recourse,” he added.
Karosia had earlier said that they had submitted an 11-point charter of demands to the hospital management. The workers, including sanitation workers, ward boys and ayahs were yesterday joined by nursing staff, boiler department staff, laundry personnel and also staff from engineering department.
Defending the management, Director (Medical Services) Col (Retd) Dr Kamalakar Vaidya said, “We received the intimation quite late and we were unable to bring our legal officer within short time. They have to given us time to prepare our case on legal grounds.”
“Our case is legally very sound. The Union has to give six weeks notice, but these people gave only three day’s notice. Another important thing, which goes in our favour is that we have an agreement with the existing union till March 2007. We are not bound to speak with any other union till that time,” he added.
Meanwhile, the hospital management has made alternative arrangements to handle the situation and hired a few people on contractual basis for sterilisation and laundry departments. “We resumed emergency services and even the OPD was opened today,” Dr Vaidya said.