The indefinite strike of the Delhi-based All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Nurses’ Union continues for the second day on Tuesday amid the ongoing Corona crisis in the country. The nurses union has been on strike with demands related to the Sixth Central Pay Commission and its other demands.
The president of Delhi Nurses Union said that our union is ready to negotiate with the administration. We are feeling bad for the patients, but we are helpless because our demand is not met. We gave notice of the strike a month ago, but even then the administration did not listen to our demands.
According to the information, AIIMS Nurses Union has been on indefinite strike since Monday, while their AIIMS director has appealed to them to withdraw the movement and return to work. Their demands also include implementing the recommendation of the Sixth Central Pay Commission and abolishing contractual recruitment. Around five thousand nurses went on strike from Monday afternoon, disrupting patient care services in this prestigious hospital. AIIMS director Randeep Guleria, in a video message, called the strike unsuitable and unfortunate at the time of the epidemic.
He said that I appeal to all the nurses and nursing officers not to go on strike and as far as the nurses are concerned, do not embarrass our dignity in terms of them. Dr. Guleria said that I appeal to all of you to come back and work and help us in dealing with this epidemic. The strike was earlier scheduled to begin on 16 December.
Guleria said that the nurses union had placed 23 demands and the AIIMS administration and government had accepted almost all of them. He said that one demand is basically related to the inconsistency of fixing the starting salary according to the Sixth Pay Commission.
We’ve no plans of outsourcing nurses. It was only when they decided to go on strike & didn’t listen to us, we made contingency plans in the last 2 days. According to them, neither they will work nor allow anyone else to work: AIIMS-Delhi statement on ad issued by them for nursing pic.twitter.com/j1IjV6Fgao
– ANI (@ANI) December 15, 2020
The AIIMS director said that several meetings with the nurses’ union have been held not only by the AIIMS administration but also with the representatives of the Department of Expenditure, Economic Adviser of the Ministry of Health and the person who drafted the sixth CPC was also present at the meeting. . He has been told that his explanation is not correct.
Apart from the demand of the sixth CPC, they are also demanding to abolish gender reservation in nurse recruitment and to stop contractual appointments etc. In a letter to the director, the union said that the AIIMS administration did not take concrete measures and their demands related to the Sixth Central Pay Commission were rejected.
Delhi: Relatives of patients admitted in AIIMS say they’re facing problems due to indefinite strike by AIIMS Nursing Union.
“My father is admitted in Emergency ward & we’ve no clue about his condition & what is going inside the hospital. We get one call in 24 hours,” says Priya. pic.twitter.com/twNliD4kxb
– ANI (@ANI) December 15, 2020
At the same time, the relatives of patients admitted in AIIMS say that they are facing a lot of trouble due to the indefinite strike of AIIMS Nursing Union. Priya who came to the hospital said that my father is admitted in the emergency ward and we are not getting any information about his condition and what is going on inside the hospital. We get a call in 24 hours.
At the same time, Abhishek said that our nephew is in the emergency, we are not letting him meet. We were sitting like this yesterday, we have not been allowed to meet yet.