The Labour Department, which convened a conciliation meeting of the 409 stipendiary nurses and Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute officials on Thursday, suggested that the BMCRI work out a compromise formula by February 26. BMCRI’s Governing Council had on Saturday decided against permitting the 409 stipendiary nurses to resume work in its four hospitals. Demanding regularisation of services, the nurses had gone on a 22-day strike from January 9. They called it off on January 30 following an assurance from BMCRI that they would be allowed to resume work if they withdrew unconditionally. However, the Governing Council did not permit them to rejoin.

“We have asked the BMCRI to work out a compromise formula. We have learnt that the BMCRI is yet to issue an execution order pertaining to the Governing Council’s decision,” Deputy Labour Commissioner Shripad S.B. said , adding according to the Industrial Disputes Act, a final decision cannot be taken when the conciliation meetings are still on.

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