Striking 108 Ambulance staff served show cause notice

  • Gurpreet Chinna, Hindustan Times, Fatehgarh Sahib
  • Updated: May 24, 2014 21:51 IST

The management of the ZHL, the company who is operating the 108 emergency ambulance services in Punjab, has tried to counsel the striking employees, who are not joining their duty.

The company has also issued a show cause notice to all such employees, who are not coming on duty, to join within 24 hours.

If they fail join their duty within 24 hours of the receiving of the show cause notice, the company will be forced to terminate the services of such employees.

The company has requested the support of the state health department for the smooth operation of the 108 services in the state. The company has started the process of hiring of new staff and drivers, at all location where services have been disrupted by the ambulance crew.

Meanwhile,the strike by the employees of the 108 Ambulance services in the state continued for the third day on Saturday with Class IV employees of the civil hospital extending their support to them.

Class IV Employees Union president Sardool Singh said that the striking employees demands were genuine. He alleged that the company which had hired them was forcing them to perform duties for 12 hours instead of eight hours. He said the company had failed to maintain its accounts and was also paying lesser wages.

Meanwhile, the striking employees also refused to hand over the keys of the ambulances to their in-charge Gurvir Singh stating that they were responsible for the maintenance of the vans. They said if the company accepted their demands they would immediately resume their duties.

The employees alleged that despite repeated appeals to the authorities concerned, their demands had not been fulfilled. They said that if their demands were not fulfilled they would be forced to start a hunger strike from May 25.

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