Saturday, January 30, 2010

Striking workers in SMS to be dismissed

JAIPUR: Refusing to entertain the demands of contract workers at SMS Medical College, the government has threatened to sack the striking workers. For the fourth consecutive day, nearly 2,000 contract workers in hospitals associated with the medical college resorted to strike, putting patients in difficulty.
“The workforce is hired on contract, now they demand regularisation as their contract has ended. Their demands are unjust and we have already issued new tenders for contract workers,” said principal secretary, health education, C M Meena.
Most of the ward boys and associated service staff at government hospitals are supplied by contractors. As they are not regular hospital employees, the administration does not have to handle a huge workforce.
However, the contract workers have claimed the contractors were exploiting them and have raised several issues with the authorities. It has been decided that salaries will be directly deposited into the bank accounts of the workers. The workers, however, are on strike demanding eradication of the contract system and direct hiring of workers.

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