Delhi High Court Orders AIIMS Nurses On Strike To Return To Work
The court order issued a warning to the 5,000 protesting AIIMS nurses that action under the Disaster Management Act will be taken against those wo do not resume their duties with immediate effect
Over 5,000 nurses of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) were forced to call off their indefinite strike after the High Court intervened and asked them to report back to their duties yesterday. The frontline medical workers were protesting against the hospital’s administration on several issues including a pay hike in accordance with the 6th Central Pay Commission, appropriate working hours and a stop on contractual hiring of nurses.
The strike began on Monday afternoon and continued through Tuesday till the evening, leaving hundreds of patients stranded for treatment at the campus. AIIMS Medical Director Randeep Guleria made an appeal to the agitating community to not abandon their patients at a time like this, especially when the Coronavirus pandemic is still raging through the country. He assured them of a dialogue and alleged that most of their demands had already been fulfilled by the premiere medical institute’s management.
Many of those campaigning stated that they had asked for the reforms for years together, much before COVID came into being.
The High Court order restrained the nurses’ union from continuing their indefinite strike, making it clear that the violation of the judicial body’s order will be treated as an offence under the Disaster Management Act for non-compliers.
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