Educational institutes and hospitals in Mumbai were largely unaffected by the nation-wide trade unions’ strike on Wednesday.
While hospitals in several parts of the state were hit by staffers not reporting to work, in Mumbai, only the state-run JJ Hospital saw its class 3 and class 4 employees joining the strike, leading to the cancellation of 60 surgeries.
“We had to postpone routine surgeries but all emergency procedures were conducted. The outpatient department is operating as usual,” said Dr TP Lahane, dean of the hospital.
“Our legitimate demands have remained unheard for years,” said Kamal Waikole, of the Maharashtra Government Nurses Federation. “We don’t want patients to be affected, but the government has left us with no choice.”
Services were not disrupted at private and civic-run hospitals.
Dr A Supe, dean, KEM hospital, said, “Our staff has not participated in the strike.”
Teachers and other employees of schools stayed away from the movement.
“Our buses are running, we are not participating in the strike,” said Anil Garg, president of the School Bus Owners Association.
The Mumbai Principals Association supported the agitation but did not take part in it. “All schools were open and classes were held as usual,” said Prashant Redij, headmaster, Hilda Castelino High School, Kandivli, and member of the association. “We only sported the all-India bandh in spirit.”
While some teachers of the University of Mumbai, belonging to the Bombay University College Teachers Union (BUCTU), held a protest at Azad Maidan to support the strike and to demand payment of salary arrears and filling up of vacant posts at the university, classes were not affected.
MA Khan, registrar, Mumbai university, said, “Almost all teachers were present and lectures were held as per the schedule.”