Mumbai: At least 15,000 nursing staff in the state of Maharashtra have gone on strike demanding a stay on the recruitment of nursing staff through outsourcing. Currently, the nurses are only providing emergency services.
In Mumbai, nursing staff did not go to work at any hospital and staged a protest for their demands. Due to the strike, many surgeries have been postponed. At least, 3,000 nurses are on strike in Mumbai. These nurses work at Cama Hospital, JJ Hospital and St George Hospital.
Fear of exploitation
The nurses went on strike after the Maharashtra government’s decision to hire new nurses from outside.
Maharashtra Nurses’ Association secretary has said that if the hiring process is outsourced, then there will be an increase in the exploitation of the staff.
The nurses are also demanding a hike in their salary. Friday was the fifth day of the nurses’ strike in the state.
According to striking staff, if the decision is implemented, this will also lead to a decrease in allowance. The staff said they are providing no other services apart from emergency care.
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Indefinite strike threat
Meanwhile, the nurses have threatened to go on indefinite strike from May 28.