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Kannur Medical College agrees to wage demand

Published Nov 12, 2016, 6:11 am IST
Updated Nov 12, 2016, 6:46 am IST
Kannur Medical College
 Kannur Medical College

KANNUR: The 60-day-old strike by the employees of  Kannur Medical College, Anajarakkandy,  was called off  following  the talks held by Labour Minister T.P.  Ramakrishnan  with the management and strikers in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday.  The management agreed to pay minimum wages to the employees, including contract staff, as per the existing hospital  rules. The bonus will be decided by an arbitration committee headed by the labour commissioner within one month.

The employees took out a  victory procession on the college campus and will formally announce the withdrawal of the strike on Saturday. During the five-hour talks, KMC chairman Dr Abdul Jabbar Haji said that the management  wanted an amicable solution to the issue. The strikers  were represented by CPM state committee member M.V. Jayarajan, CITU state secretary K.P. Sahadevan and Kannur district hospital and medical shop employees union secretary V.V. Balakrishnan.

The strike by  99 employees in the KMC hospital  demanding minimum wages and bonus was launched on September 13. The college management filed an affidavit in the High Court saying it  may be forced to shift the college to Malappuram if the protest continued. In reply, CITU state secretary K.P. Sahadevan warned that the CITU, which led the strike,  has workers in Malappuram too. Later,  the CPM officially endorsed the protest and staged a procession in support of the strike which was inaugurated by district secretary P. Jayarajan.

A series of reconciliations talks  held earlier  by  labour and police officials had failed. Even the meeting called by the labour minister on Monday did not produce any results  after the KMC chairman refused to attend it.  The minister then directed  him to attend it on Friday. KMC principal Dr. S. Muneeruddin Ahmed said that he expected to begin classes from Monday.  The students lacked practical classes after the hospital was shut down indefinitely.

Location: India, Kerala


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