Nurses, admin at private hospital strike

The non-teaching staff at the Rajarajeshwari Group of Educational Institutions went on a strike protesting poor salaries and facilities.

Medical College and Hospital of the Rajarajeshwari group of institutions.

Bangalore, November 20, 2017: Amidst the ongoing doctors’ protest against the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments Bill (KPME), the non-teaching staff at the Rajarajeshwari Group of Educational Institutions went on a strike on Saturday. The management of the group, they say, has refused to pay salaries at par with the Government of Karnataka pay scales.

The strike began on November 13. Nurse Lata said that two days later, the water supply and electricity lines to the hostel housing the female staff nurses were cut off. They were also told that they would be thrown out of the hostel if they joined the strike.

Ramesha, who is an electrical instructor at the Engineering College and also the General Secretary at the Non Teaching Employees Union, said that as a diploma holder, he should be getting a salary of Rs. 17,650 but gets a salary of Rs. 12,000.

Prakash, staff nurse at the Rajarajeshwari Medical College and Hospital said that even after working for eight years, there hasn’t been any increment in his salary. “If you follow the government guidelines, I should be earning Rs. 17,650 but I get only Rs. 11,000,” he said.

Puneet Kumar, system admin at the Rajarajeshwari College of Engineering said that most of the Group D workers, comprising the nursing staff, should get a minimum of Rs. 14,000 which they don’t. In addition, they do not get any maternity leave or salary slips.

Prakash, the staff nurse, also added that they do not have access to the original certificates that they had submitted to the management at the time of joining. These original certificates constitute their marks card and degree certificates. “Even if we want to change our job and approach the management to retrieve our original certificates, we have to pay one month’s salary worth to get hold of our certificates,” he said.

The Non Teaching Employees Union has approached the Deputy Labour Commissioner for the redressal of their grievances. “The management has subdued the strike as of now saying they would speak to us on Monday and discuss our demands but there hasn’t been any other development,” said Prakash

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