Class IV employees and temporary staff of MKCG Medical College and Hospital in the city took up ‘cease work’ agitation for almost four hours on Wednesday morning in support of their demands.

The agitating workers were the members of Odisha Medical Workers Union’s (OMWU) MKCG Medical College and Hospital unit. They launched the indefinite ‘cease work’ agitation from 6.30 a.m. Around 400 of them staged a demonstration and sit-in in front of the office of the medical college superintendent.

According to OMWU joint secretary Sukant Mukhi, who also happens to be the general secretary of the MKCG Medical College and Hospital wing of the union, they decided to defer their agitation at around noon following written assurance from the medical college superintendent regarding their demands. “The superintendent promised to take action against an accounts employee who was causing problems in payment to the class IV employees,” Mr. Sukhi said.

Apart from it, the medical college superintendent also gave written assurance that measures would be taken for fulfilment of other ten demands of the agitating workers. Demands of these workers include re-induction of 63 members of the union who had been retrenched by the hospital authorities and regularisation of 59 temporary workers. As per the OMWU, the workers who had been serving the private companies, assigned for maintenance of sanitation on the hospital campus, were not getting their monthly payment regularly. They asked the MKCG authorities to initiate measures so that the private company would pay salary to the workers every month on a particular day. 

Free treatment

The union alleged that despite working as contractual workers for several years, the fourth grade workers were yet to be regularised. They wanted free treatment for their family members in the MKCG Medical College and Hospital. They also demanded issue of identity cards bearing their photographs and blood group. The quarters provided to them were in a dilapidated condition and needed immediate repair. They demanded new quarters to be built up for them on the medical college campus. 

They wanted their representation in the managing committee of the medical college hospital. Payment of retirement benefits to class IV workers of the medical college and hospital was being delayed. In case of their death, ex gratia payments to their family members were also not in time, they said. They demanded these payments be made as early as possible as per the norms of the State government.

Some 400 Class IV employees and temporary staff staged a sit-in in front of the office of the medical college superintendent