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Cleaning workers of Jamshedpur MGM Hospital on indefinite strike

Jamshedpur, March 12: The cleaning workers at the MGM Medical College Hospital have from Thursday gone on an indefinite strike protesting against non-payment of salary. A total of 60 workers are part of the strike. It is feared that the strike by the workers will further lead to bad situation at government-run health hub in case the agitation continues.

The striking workers who were engaged on contract basis by a Ranchi-based outsourced agency, Shiva Protection Force, would not get monthly salary regularly. Moreover, the strikers did not get the salary for the month of February 2021. The cleaning workers have not got their yearly bonus soon far.

The cleaning workers said that they are being exploited and they have no choice but to go on strike. They carry out their duty in shift duty from 6 am till 10 pm. Today they did not turn up for their duty, causing the various wards to remain in most unhygienic condition.

As a result of the strike, floors of the wards and Emergency ward were filled with the medical waste as well as filth everywhere.

One of the striking workers said that cleaning workers engaged at the medical college hospital hail from the poor background. The workers have not received bonus also.

Superintendent, MGM medical college hospital, Sanjay Kumar confirmed about the strike by the cleaning workers.

MGM Medical College and Hospital is a government hospital with the facility of 540 beds. Everyday around 1000 patients come here for treatment. It may be mentioned that State Government governed Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Hospital, is an Indian medical school established in 1964. It is situated in the outskirts of Jamshedpur near Dimna. The college’s hospital is located in Sakchi.

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