Indefinite strike by AIIMS Nurses Union

- April 26, 2022
| By : Judith Mariya Antony |

AIIMS Nurses Union has gone on an indefinite strike in response to the suspension of Harish Kajla, nursing officer and president of the Nurses Union

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AIIMS nursing officer Harish Kajla has been suspended over an incident which took place on 23 April at the main operation theatre (OT). 

An altercation took place between Kajla and one of the resident doctors who was sent in to resolve the protest by nurses over shortage of staff and night shift timings in the main OT. A flash strike by nurses resulted in the cancellation of several planned surgeries.

The union has sent a letter to the Director demanding immediate revocation of the suspension.

The Nurses Union states that, “In response to your unilateral decision to suspend Harish Kajla, president of AIIMS Nurses Union, without even citing proper reasons, the union has called an emergency executive meeting decided to go on indefinite strike from 8 AM, 26/4/2022 demanding immediate revocation of suspension of Harish Kumar Kajla and stopping of all kinds of retaliatory measures against union executives and union members of main OT.”

According to one of the union members, “The suspension is one-sided and we will be on strike until it is revoked. Because whenever an issue happens, there will be an enquiry and then action. All the nurses are protesting right now and the hospital is functioning without the nurses. We are ready to resolve the issue, but we haven’t received any response from the administration. If we sit and talk for 15-20 minutes, the problem can be settled, we also don’t want to prolong the protest. But the administration isn’t willing to talk with us.”

The letter further states, “The union has always been receptive and open to expressing our genuine concerns and version throughout this issue. But unfortunately, we were neither called, nor contacted via any communication which forced us to go on an indefinite strike to safeguard the basic rights of our members. We would like to remind you that the undemocratic AIIMS administration will be solely responsible for the consequences if any.”

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