Striking GVK-EMRI 102-108 emergency ambulance service employees Tuesday called off their stir till Sep 21 following Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s offer of talks with representatives of the striking employees.
A group of striking 102-108 employees had met Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in Dibrugarh during the latter’s visit to the upper Assam town. It was during the informal meeting that Sarma asked the striking employees to call off their indefinite strike for the greater interest of patients requiring the services of the emergency ambulance service. He also invited representatives of the striking employees from every district to a meeting in Guwahati on Sep 21 (Friday).
Following the assurance of talks from Health Minister Sarma, leaders of the striking employees today (Sep 18) announced their decision to suspend their agitation temporarily till Sep 21. The striking employees said they will decide their future course of action depending on the outcome of the discussions.
#BREAKING | Striking 102-108 Mrityunjoy emergency ambulance service employees withdraw stir temporarily till Sep 21 following talks assurance by #Assam Health Minister @himantabiswa, to decide next course of action depending on outcome of talks.
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More than 3,000 employees of the emergency ambulance service were on strike since Sep 5 protesting non-implementation of service rules by GVK EMRI, the Hyderabad-based company that operates the ambulance service, besides non-payment of pending annual increment for the past two years and slicing down daily working hours from 12 to 8 hours.