Minimum wages: nurses to take to streets

UNA alleges that around 75% of private hospitals in Ernakulam dist are not giving the minimum wages.

Kochi: United Nurses Association (UNA) on Monday organised a march to Amritha Hospital here to protest non-implementation of minimum wages fixed by the government and alleged dismissal of nurses without prior notice.

UNA alleged that around 75% of private hospitals in Ernakulam district were not giving the minimum wages fixed by the government.

“This is just a beginning and in the coming days, protest will be held at different hospitals. Next week there will be a protest march to KIMS hospital also,” said Haris Manalampara, district secretary of UNA.

They are also planning for a march to the labour office and a dharna in front of the collectorate.

A relay fast protest was ongoing at Amritha Hospital now by the nurses but that was not making any impact on the administration, Haris said.

UNA also alleged that nurses who participated in the protests were receiving threats of termination from the hospital administration.

“The labour department has an obligation to check whether the minimum wages rule is implemented in the private hospitals,” said Arun Jith, state vice president of UNA.

( Source : dc )
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