Over 600 nursing staff of KLEs Dr.Prabhakar Kore hospital went on a indefinite strike from yesterday for their various demands.
All the employees under the banner of KLES Hospitals Employees’ Union, the staff took out a procession from the hospital to the Deputy Commissioner’s office where it submitted a memorandum seeking immediate intervention of the Governor in directing the hospital management to comply with statutory provisions.
The employees have been agitating for many days now.
In the memorandum submitted to the DC, the employees mention:
Staff was rightfully demanding overtime wages under Section 27 of the Minimum Wages Act; annual bonus of 20 per cent of their wages under Section 11 of the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965; overtime for working on government holidays as per the provisions under the Karnataka Industrial Establishment (national festival holidays) Act, 1963; leave and maternity leave benefits under the Karnataka Shops and Commercial Establishments Act, 1961 and Maternity Benefit Act, 1961.
At the same time media persons were allegedly manhandled by the security of the hospital in a bid to stop them from covering the protest.