Workers resort to stone-pelting at PGI

TNN, Dec 4
CHANDIGARH: As many as 800 contractual PGI ward servants, sweepers and attendants resorted to stone-pelting at the institute’s administrative block in protest against the delay in the payment of salary on Friday.

Around 24 employees were taken into custody as a preventive measure after a mild lathicharge and a case has been registered at Sector-11 police station.

Resenting the delay, they said there is no yearly enhancement in income and they are working beyond their domain. The protesting employees had already given a representation to the medical superintendent in September. Earlier also the employees have staged protest on 11 July and 9 September this year.

Contractual workers’ union president Gopal denied that employees resorted to violence while protesting. Gopal said, “We are working for a salary as low as Rs 3,783 and that too is not released before 15th of every month.”

PGI has cancelled the contract of private firm Skylark whose employees have been regularly complaining and halting services to the hospital. “We have terminated the contract and shall disburse the salaries to ward servants soon,” said PGI spokesperson.

Some 800 employees working as ward servant, sweepers and hospital attendants clean, help patients with trolleys or wheelchairs. They are also employed to clean biomedical waste including the blood-soaked cotton balls, syringes and other waste. We are doing more than what we are paid for. Even if we are not trained for putting patients on ventilators, we are asked to do it, said Teerathnath, a worker.

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