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Flash strike by sanitary staff in hospital

The hindu, 01 January, 2014


ELURU: The flash strike by sanitary workers which commenced in the government hospital here from Tuesday is likely to bring the hapless patients under the risk of poor sanitation. About 40 sanitary workers employed by an outsourcing agency struck work as part of a Statewide call given by the Andhra Pradesh Medical Contract and Outsourcing Employees Union, seeking a solution to their demands.


The workers said the outsourcing agency failed to pay them wages on a regular basis and remit their PF and ESI amounts. Demanding suspension of the contract entered by the government with the agency for outsourcing of sanitary workers’ services on grounds of violation of norms relating to the PF and the ESI schemes, they staged a demonstration at the hospital and sought the intervention of Collector Siddharth Jain.


Impact on first day


The first day of the strike already showed its impact on the state of sanitation in the hospital. Toilets in the patient wards remained unattended and the hospital was littered with medical waste and garbage. Although the authorities engaged a few permanent employees as a substitute to the outsourcing employees, the measure failed to upkeep the hospital environs clean.


Eswar Prasad, hospital superintendent, told The Hindu that he would take measures for deployment of municipal employees as an ad hoc arrangement from Wednesday to undertake sanitary work in the hospital.


Union president K. Krishnamachari, however, warned that the attempts by the hospital authorities for deployment of municipal employees would be met with stiff resistance by the striking workers.