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18 AIIMS staffers sacked for raising 'salary cut' issue

18 AIIMS staffers sacked for raising salary cut issue
Eighteen staff members of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) have been terminated from service allegedly for taking up the issue of "sudden cut in salary" with the AIIMS authorities.

The sacked employees, who are among the 350 other Class IV staff members employed on contractual basis, alleged that they were also manhandled by police when the matter was taken up with the hospital authorities.

They complained that the salary of Rs 9,500 was suddenly reduced to Rs 8,500, without giving any reason.

According to the Delhi Hospitals Contractual Workers Union, a facility management company -- Sudarshan Facilities Pvt Ltd -- was in December 2016 given the contract for hiring housekeeping staff in the main AIIMS Trauma Centre, also known as Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre. "The workers employed under the contract were hired for Rs 9,500. But, since January this year, the workers were receiving only Rs 8,500. On March 1, the issue was initially taken up with the management of the company, which failed to come up with any reply.

"Thereafter, we approached the Additional Medical Superintendent of AIIMS Trauma Centre Dr Amit Gupta, who instead of solving the matter called police," Mriganka, General Secretary of the union, told IANS.

Mriganka said the police manhandled the group of workers and told them of return to work. "As the Additional Medical Superintendent failed to solve the issue, we took up the matter with the Labour Commissioner, who spoke to the company representative of Sudarshan Facilities Pvt Ltd and asked us to return to work.

"However, the next day when we reported for duty, we found that the services of 18 of our colleagues were terminated, without restoring the previous salary," said Mriganka.
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