‘104’ employees to go on strike from Wednesda

The contract employees of 104 Emergency Services on Tuesday served strike notice to State Chief Secretary Pankaj Dwivedi stating that they would be boycotting duties from Wednesday and would continue the strike until they an assurance on continuation of their jobs.

Talking to media persons after serving strike notice at Secretariat, 104 Call Centre Contract Employee’s Union (HMRI) president Syed Arif said that after 104 Call Centre has been handed over to Arogyasri Trust and the Trust wants to replace 1,000 employees by taking up fresh recruitment. He said although the contract employees have been staging protest rallies across the state, the Arogyasri Trust did not heed to their request and going ahead with fresh recruitment. He alleged that employees who have over five years of experience in handling emergency services were being ignored in the recruitments.

Arif said that the union members have served strike notice as a last resort. The 104 call centre employees are also demanding increase in wages, reducing their duty period and the replacement of old vehicles.

With the 2,800 employees striking work from Wednesday, nearly 713 emergency service vehicles would go off the roads causing lot of inconvenience to those who need emergency medical services. He hoped that the government would take a favourable decision on their issues. (INN)