108 Ambulance employees withdraw strike

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 May 2017 12:16:52

■ Staff Reporter,

THE108 Ambulance services that were hit by employees’ strike across the State for last 11 days, will be normalised from Sunday. After intervention of Labour Commissioner, 108 Ambulance employees withdrew their strike on Saturday. There were around 3m000 employees who were on strike affecting ambulance services. Many people injured in road accidents died in Sagar, Balaghat, Indore and some other parts of the State due to non availability of ambulance on time. Main demand of these ambulance employees was reducing their working hours from 12 to 8 and if the Zigitza health care company takes work from these employees more than 8 hours, the company will have to pay additional money.

On the other hand, the Zigitza company had issued advertisements in newspapers to recruit drivers and other employees for its 108 ambulance in some districts as Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and other places from where more ambulance employees were on strike. A delegation of the 108 ambulance employees again met Labour Commissioner regarding their demands.

According to a senior leader, Labour Commissioner ordered Director, National Health Mission (NHM), to ensure compliance of his order from Zigitza company that it do not take work from employees for more than 8 hours. If it takes work from employees more than 8 hours, employees should be paid additional money as per labour laws. 108 ambulance employees are happy with this order. Now, the ball is in court of National Health Mission. Nitendra Mishra, State General Secretary of 108 Ambulance Employees Union, said the union has withdrawn its 11-day strike on Saturday.

Labour Commissioner has issued order to National Health Mission that it will have to ensure the Zigitza company not take work from ambulance employees more than 8 hours, if it gets work more than 8 hours, the ambulance employees be paid additional money as per labour law. We will solve other demands by discussing with the Chief Minister soon, he said. The State General Secretary of the ambulance employees union said reducing working hours was the main demand of the employees. Ambulance leaders who have appealed their colleagues to be on work from Sunday included Ramswaroop Parihar, Gopal Chouhan, Aslam Khan, Udaiveer Singh and Akash Mishra.