Nurses postpone their nationwide strike

Tuesday, Aug 2, 2016,11:16 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Nurses across the country have postponed their nationwide strike tomorrow following assurance by Union Health Minister J P Nadda to look into their demands. The decision was taken after a delegation met Nadda and was assured that their problems will be looked into.

Nurses who have been agitating against the recommendations of 7th pay commission and demanding revision in their pay scale and hike in allowances had called a strike tomorrow.  The delegation of nurses met the Minister. The Minister assured them that their demands will be looked into. They (nurses) have called off their strike, a senior Health Ministry official said.

However, All India Government Nurses Federation officials said that they have not called off the strike but postponed it by one month after the Health Ministry assured that they will talk to the Finance minister regarding their demands. We have postponed the strike by one month. We have got verbal as well as written assurance from the Minister that our demands will be looked into.

He (Minister) has said that he will write to the Finance ministry,  said Federation spokesperson Liladhar Ramchandani. This is the fourth meeting in one week between the federation and the Health ministry.

The federation had earlier gone on relay hunger strike to press for their demands. The unions have been protesting demanding a hike in pay grade, nursing allowance, risk allowance and night-duty allowance.

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