The three unions of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) raised slogans and held a symbolic strike on October 18 to protest against the administration. Despite being assured of fulfilment of their demands post their strike in December 2020, the nurses and nursing officers maintain that their demands still remain unfulfilled. Therefore, they have threatened to go on an indefinite strike on October 25, if their pending demands remain unfulfilled.
The three unions have a strength of over 15,000 members from the AIIMS Employees Union (Karamchari Union), AIIMS Nurses Union and the Officers Association of AIIMS. They have together submitted a memorandum to the director of AIIMS to inform him of their intention to go on an indefinite strike starting October 25.
If the unions do decide to carry out their threat, thousands of patients being treated at AIIMS will be inconvenienced.
The unions point out that only 10 per cent of employers contribution is going towards the nurses in the national pension scheme (NPS), while the Central government gives 14 per cent contribution to its employees. Their long-pending demand for cadre review has not been discussed or met. Other demands pertain to appointment, remuneration and pension issues.
The unions say that the AIIMS administration will be held accountable for any loss that is incurred because of the strike.