AIIMS nurses go on indefinite strike; affected person care providers hit

New Delhi: The AIIMS-Delhi Nurses’ Union went on an indefinite strike from Monday over their long-pending calls for, together with these with regard to the Sixth Central Pay Fee, following which the Union well being ministry directed the institute’s director to make sure no disruption of nursing capabilities.

The ministry additionally stated non-compliance of the “code of conduct”, laid down as per a Delhi Excessive Court docket judgment, whereby no worker or workers or college member will stop work for any purpose, might be handled as an offence below the Catastrophe Administration Act.


From Monday afternoon, round 5,000 nurses went on strike, hampering affected person care providers on the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) right here.

In a video message, AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria termed the strike as “inappropriate and unlucky” within the time of the COVID-19 pandemic and appealed to nurses to name off their agitation and return to work.

The nurses’ union’s calls for embrace correction of an anomaly within the fixation of the preliminary pay as per the Sixth Central Pay Fee (CPC), redressal of points comparable to abolishment of gender-based reservation within the recruiting strategy of nursing officers and contractual appointments, enhancement of hospital lodging and cadre restructuring.


“I enchantment to all nurses and nursing officers to not go on strike, and to not make us really feel embarrassed concerning the dignity that we have now so far as the nurses are involved. I, due to this fact, enchantment to all of you to come back again and work and actually assist us get via this pandemic,” Guleria stated.

In an order issued to the institute’s director, the well being ministry stated the AIIMS Nurses’ Union via their letter, dated November 13, gave a name for an indefinite strike and listed numerous points.

With a view to expedite decision of among the points, a gathering was convened on December 8, which was attended by officers of the well being ministry, the division of expenditure of the finance ministry and the AIIMS administration, it stated.


Following the assembly, the place on the CPC anomaly was communicated to the AIIMS administration, informing that the interpretation of the union on pay fixation below the sixth CPC is past the provisions within the gazette notification dated August 29, 2008, of the division of expenditure on Central Civil Companies (Revised Pay) Guidelines, 2008, the order learn.

It was additionally defined that the interpretation of the union is for a dispensation which isn’t coated below current directions of the division, it stated.

On December 10, one other assembly was held and it was attended by officers from the well being ministry, AIIMS administration and by two representatives of the union, based on the order.


Repeated makes an attempt had been made to persuade the union that its demand just isn’t coated below the prevailing providers guidelines, it stated.

The assembly remained inconclusive, the order issued by the Union well being secretary stated.

“It will due to this fact need to be examined as a contemporary demand. It was additionally said that the ministry is open to putting the contemporary demand earlier than applicable authorities for sympathetic consideration and due to this fact, the AIIMS Nurses’ Union could also be requested to rethink and withdraw name for any strike, particularly throughout these attempting instances, as a result of nationwide precedence of successfully tackling the COVID-19 pandemic,” it stated.


Although honest makes an attempt had been made to dissuade the union from occurring a strike, the union via a handwritten letter knowledgeable the AIIMS director about their resolution to go on a strike from December 14 afternoon and proceeded, the order stated.

The order stated the Delhi Excessive Court docket in a judgment on Might 5, 2002, put in place a “code of conduct” that was not solely relevant to AIIMS workers but additionally to workers and college members.

“The code of conduct, inter alia, supplies that there ought to be no cessation of labor for any purpose by any means or the aiding, or abetting of such disruption or cessation… it’s hereby directed that AIIMS, New Delhi, ought to be sure that instructions of the judgment of the excessive court docket are strictly complied with with out fail and there ought to be no cessation or disruption of nursing capabilities in AIIMS nor such an motion aided or abetted,” it stated.


“Non-compliance might be handled as an offence below the Catastrophe Administration Act learn with the Indian Penal Code and motion might be taken accordingly towards defaulting authorities/workers,” the order said.

The strike was earlier scheduled to begin from December 16.

Guleria in his video message stated the nurses’ union had 23 calls for and nearly all of them have been met by the AIIMS administration and the federal government.

He stated one of many calls for is mainly a perceived anomaly within the fixation of the preliminary pay as per the sixth CPC and following a number of conferences, it was defined to them that the interpretation just isn’t appropriate.


“However as a result of the nurses’ union had been asking for a hike in wage, it was stated by the federal government that it might sympathetically take a look at this as a contemporary demand and requested the division of expenditure to think about this,” he stated.

“It nonetheless appears inappropriate that when a rustic is combating a pandemic, once we are combating for our close to and pricey ones to avoid wasting lives and we all know that we have to work just for a couple of extra months and the vaccine may very well present an answer. Sadly at this time limit, the nurses have gone on a strike,” Guleria stated.


In a letter to the director, the nurses’ union stated no strong answer was taken by the AIIMS administration and slightly their demand associated to the sixth CPC anomaly was turned down.

“Including to this, it’s stunning to know that the AIIMS administration determined to recruit nursing officers on contractual foundation instantly which is towards our strike calls for,” the union stated.

Guleria stated, “No matter points you will have we are going to attempt to resolve amicably and attempt to be sympathetic to your demand. However at this time of hardship and on this time of trial and tribulation please don’t go on strike.”


The AIIMS in a press release stated nurses have gone on a strike in contravention of the excessive court docket’s course on the “code of conduct” laid down whereby no worker, workers or college member will stop work for any purpose by any means, shout slogans, maintain demonstrations inside the campus or maintain gate assembly inside 500 meters of the institute boundary.

“The varied calls for raised by the union stand mentioned with them for decision. The union has nonetheless deserted many critically sick sufferers on the demand of perceived anomaly of fixation of the preliminary pay associated to sixth CPC of the 12 months 2006,” it stated.       


The union was apprised that their interpretation just isn’t coated below the prevailing directions of the Ministry of Finance, as clarified by the division of expenditure, the assertion stated.

“As a result of the nurses had been searching for a hike of their wage, the Union well being ministry has thought-about it sympathetically as a contemporary demand for consideration by applicable authorities,” it stated.

The AIIMS administration has appealed to the union to not go on strike through the disaster of the pandemic and to return to affected person care instantly, the assertion stated.


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