As the strike launched by contractual staff of Guru Nanak Dev Hospital completed a month, the staff resorted to shoe polishing in protest on Friday.
The employees under the banner of the Punjab Theka Adhar Nursing and Paramedical Employees Association are protesting since June 1and demanding from the state government to regularise them.
Ajit Pal Kaur, president of the association said, “The director of medical education and research ordered us to resume our services but we will not do so. This our way to protest by polishing shoes of the people.” She added, “We will take the final call about the protest after consulting with the protesting union in Patiala.”
Amandeep Singh, a member of the union said, “We decided to do this in order to fill the treasures of the government. We demand that we should be regularised as soon as possible.”
The protesting staff is in no mood to budge even though talks between them and the authorities have failed.
It is learnt that the intern medical students and trainees are forced to double up their duties due to the protest. A hospital employee told HT that the vacations are to be adjusted. The present government staff is forced to adjust as the other staff is on protest.
In the past, the union blocked the outpatient department as well as the operation theatre of the hospital. They even burnt an effigy of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and protested outside the residence of cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia.