January 17, 2021

Explained: Why do AIIMS nurses protest?

Written by Ashna Puthani, Illustrated Desk Edited | New Delhi |

December 15, 2020 at 5:52:22 p.m.


AIIMS Nurses Association members raise slogans during indefinite strike in New Delhi (PTI Photo / Atul Yadav) (PTI 15-12-2020_000098A)

One of about 5,000 AIIMS nurses Indefinite strike from Monday The afternoon in support of several demands, including the lack of clarity of their pay structure under the Sixth Pay Commission. Despite requests from management to continue work in view of the Covit-19 situation, the nurses refused to repent.

What are their demands regarding salary?

In a letter to the AIIMS director dated November 13, the nurses cited 23 unresolved requests. The first of them is the demand that the irregularities of the Sixth Pay Commission should be remedied with their salaries. Nurses get their salary fixed at Rs 18,460 per month, but they get Rs 17,140. They said that their demand was not for a pay rise, but rather to provide them with what was specified under the Sixth Pay Commission. They wrote a letter to management last month saying they would go on indefinite strike if the issues were not resolved soon.

What are their other demands?

Nurses protest against gender-based reservation at AIIMS, which accounts for 80 percent of nursing staff. Nurses say the quota will push many qualified men out of work. 📣 Follow the express described in the telegram

Their other demands include a pension plan, cadre restructuring, qualifying pay and changes to the job description.

The hospital has decided to outsource nurses on a contract basis, which has further angered nurses. Nurses said previous candidates had to sit for the entrance exam to be recruited. They say recruiting nurses on a contract basis would adversely affect the quality of health care provided by AIIMS.

What did the AIIMS director appeal to the nurses?

In a video message to the nursing union on Monday, AIIMS director Dr Randeep Gularia appealed to all nurses not to go on strike during epidemics.

“The Nurses’ Association has put forward 23 demands, almost all of which have been met by the AIIMS administration and the government. We are fighting for loved ones and we know we have to work for a few months and the vaccine may provide a solution, unfortunately this time the Nurses Association is on strike, ”Dr. Gularia said.

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