3000 GVK-EMRI staff strike enters 2nd day, emergency medical services affected

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3000 GVK-EMRI staff strike enters 2nd day, emergency medical services affected

G Plus News | September 06, 2018 14:40 hrs

GUWAHATI: Close to 3000 staff of the 108 and 102 ambulance services of the state went on an indefinite strike from September 4 affecting medical emergency services across the city as well as the state.

The strike entered its second day today.

All the field staff, drivers, medical technicians as well as the call takers of the Emergency Management and Research Institute (GVK-EMRI), which manages the 108 and 102 ambulance service, have called a strike on account of their various demands. 

Officials informed that their major demands included an increment in their salary, leave encashment, reducing their shift duty from 12 hours to 8 hours and implementation of the rules of the labour law.

With the ongoing strike, GVK-EMRI officials have arranged for Adrani vehicles in addition to some ambulances provided by the government to carry out the emergency operations.

“We had reached out to the government and they have helped us with government ambulance vehicles. We have also outsourced 235 vehicles of Adrani service and have utilised these vehicles for taking the cases. Now people are getting the service through these alternate vehicles,” said an official of the GVK-EMRI.

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