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PGI nurses to participate in trade union protest

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, February 07, 2013
First Published: 21:31 IST(7/2/2013) | Last Updated: 21:32 IST(7/2/2013)

PGI Nurses' Welfare Association will participate in an agitation on February 20 and 21 to demand the constitution of a seventh pay commission and oppose foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail.

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The members of the association will wear black badges to work on February 20 and participate in the rally to be organised by the All-India Centre of Trade Unions at the Sector-25 rally ground here.

Several trade union federations have called for countrywide protests on the two days. Meanwhile, PGI Nurses' Welfare Association, Nurses Union of AIIMS, New Delhi, and other nurses' unions are going to organise a protest rally at Jantar Mantar on February 27 to demand change in the nomenclature of nurses from sister grade 1 and sister grade 2 to senior nursing officer and nursing officer, respectively. Association president Lakhvinder Singh said men, too, were in the profession. “It seems awkward when people call men sisters,” he said.

The rally is also being organised to demand vacations and a non-practice allowance on the pattern of doctors. They are also demanding a higher pay scale for the merged cadre of ANS and DNS.

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