Protest by health staff enters Day 12

Protest by health staff enters Day 12

Employees raise slogans in Amritsar on Monday. Tribune Photo

Tribune News Service
Amritsar, July 19

The protest by the Health Department employees against the 6th Punjab Pay Commission report completed 12 days with the employees protesting at Employees’ State Insurance (ESI) Hospital, Majitha Road, on Monday.

Leading the protest, Ashok Sharma, president ESI Employees’ Federation, criticised the lathicharge on protesting employees in Hoshiarpur on Sunday.

“The government is trying to silence theprotesting employees using violence,” he said, adding that such tactics would only strengthen the unity of employees.

Dr Kashmir Singh, chairman ESI Employees’ Federation, said the protest would continue till the demands of the medical employees were accepted. Raising slogans against the state government, the employees said the new pay panel report is against the interests of employees and would not be accepted at any cost.

They said it is for the first time that the implementation of a new pay commission report would result in decrease in salaries instead of an increase. Ashok Sharma said: “Every time a pay commission report is announced, employees expect a raise, but this time, it has gone the other way.” The protesting employees said the protest would be intensified in the coming days if the government failed to respond to their demands.

Top Stories

Pegasus snooping is treason; not going anywhere till it’s discussed: Rahul Gandhi

Pegasus snooping is treason; not going anywhere till it’s discussed: Rahul Gandhi

14 opposition parties meet on the Pegasus issue

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets Jaishankar, civil society leaders

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets Jaishankar, civil society leaders

Carefully curated set includes Dalai Lama's representative, ...

Basavaraj Bommai takes oath as Karnataka Chief Minister

Basavaraj Bommai takes oath as Karnataka Chief Minister

The 61-year-old leader is administered the oath of office an...

7 feared dead in flash floods in Himachal; 9 missing in Lahaul-Spiti

7 feared dead in flash floods in Himachal; 9 missing in Lahaul-Spiti

Chandigarh-Manali highway closed for traffic following lands...

7 killed as cloudburst hits village in J-K's Kishtwar

7 killed as cloudburst hits village in J-K's Kishtwar

A search and rescue operation is under way to locate over 14...

Cities

View All