GUWAHATI, Sept 11: The indefinite strike launched by the staffers of 108 and 102 ambulance services employed by GVK (EMRI) has completed a week on Tuesday without a respond from the state government as well as the GVK (EMRI) authority. Contrary, the employees too have adopted a non-compromising attitude on their strike.
The employees, under the banner of the ‘All Assam 108 Mrityunjoy Employees Association’ has started their indefinite strike to protest non-compliance with labour laws by the company, non-payment of annual increment dues from 2015- 16 and extended hours of work.
Stating that there should be six staffs in an ambulance to deliver service as was stated by the then health minister, the employees’ association said, “There used to be only four staffers in an ambulance to deliver emergency services instead of the recommended six staffers. Therefore, we were forced to work for 12 hours a day, instead of the eight hours mandated by labour laws due to lack of staffers.”
Talking to The Sentinel on Tuesday, the association said, “We have spared enough patience. We are not going to listen any more. We will not call off our strike unless the State government as well as GVK (EMRI) provides us a written assurance.”