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Bombay Hospital workers call off strike

Around 2,500 workers of Bombay Hospital resume duties after a two-day strike.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2007 04:56 PM IST

Around 2,500 workers of a city hospital resumed duties on Thursday after a two-day strike.

The employees of South Mumbai's Bombay Hospital abstained from work for 48 hours following the suspension of 19 colleagues, who were booked in a rioting case, hospital sources said.

The hospital management said the suspension of the 19 employees will continue but a final decision will be taken on the matter either on or before October 25.

"The strike was called off at 1.30 am on Thursday and all the workers have resumed duties," Deputy Director of the hospital HR Ramesh Bhattal said.

The two-day strike disrupted normal work in the hospital, hospital spokesperson Ashish Tiwari said.

"We will take up all the pending surgeries by putting in extra hours," he said.

The police arrested nineteen staffers of the hospital after clashes between two rival workers' unions - the Bharatiya Kamgar Sena (BKS) affiliated to the Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Samartha Kamgar Sena (MSKS) floated by Narayan Rane - on October 5.

"BKS is the recognised union while Rane's MSKS has been taking extra efforts to establish themselves here due to which we have been witnessing lot of incidents in the premises for the last five months," Bhattal added.

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