AIIMS appeals to nurses’ union threaten strike as they should not go during the pandemic

AIIMS appeals to nurses’ union threaten strike as they should not go during the pandemic


Don’t go during the pandemic the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi has appealed as nurses’ union threaten strike. The nurses’ union had announced an indefinite strike, starting Monday, over redressal of their demands, including that related to 6th Central Pay Commission.

  

The AIIMS  on Monday sought cooperation from its nurses and appealed to their union to not to go on an indefinite strike during the coronavirus pandemic, news agency ANI reported. The premier hospital’s administration has also asked the nurses to return to patient care immediately in a bid to fight the viral contagion.


The nurses’ union had announced an indefinite strike, starting Monday, over redressal of their demands, including that related to 6th Central Pay Commission. In a letter to AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria, the nurses union has blamed the “callous attitude of the administrations towards nurses” behind the call for the strike, which seeks a solution towards pay for the nurses falling under the 6th Central Pay Commission. The demand has been turned down by the administration, the letter to the hospital chief states.


Guleria rued the call for the strike and urged the frontline workers to help the hospital fight the pandemic. “It’s unfortunate the union has gone on a strike now, only a few months from when a vaccine will provide the solution. I appeal to all nurses, nursing officers to not go on strike and come back, work and help us get through the pandemic,” Guleria said, according to ANI.


The administration countered the allegation and said that the strike is in contravention of Delhi High Court’s directions.“Their demands stand discussed with them for resolution. Union abandoned critically patients on demand of perceived anomaly of fixation of initial pay related to 6th CPC of 2006,” ANI quoted AIIMS’ statement.


“Nurses Union was apprised that their interpretation is not covered under existing instructions of the Finance Ministry. Because nurses were looking for a hike in salary, the Ministry of Health has considered it sympathetically as a fresh demand for consideration,” the statement read.


The coronavirus disease has infected 9,884,100 people and claimed 143,355 lives so far in the country, according to the health ministry’s data on Monday.



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