AIIMS Delhi nurses' union calls off strike after administration meeting

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New Delhi : All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)-Delhi nurses' union has called off their strike after meeting the administration on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, the administration had issued a letter to the nurses mentioning that they must return to the duties with immediate effect or they will be marked absent for the day. The letter to the protesting nurses read, "It may be ensured that attendance of all the nursing personnel who report for duty is mandatorily recorded and those absent, to be marked as such."

The letter added, "An appeal has already been made by the Director to all the nursing personnel to return to their duties."

Earlier on Tuesday, the Delhi High Court also restrained the Nurses Union from continuing with their indefinite strike till January 18, the next date of hearing in the matter.

The nurses had gone on strike to bring in the notice of administration to their long pending demands, including those with regard to the Sixth Central Pay Commission.

Meanwhile, AIIMS administration opted to outsource the nurses while their own nurses are sitting on the protest. The decision was taken in a meeting attended by the Chairman, Director, Deputy Director, senior faculty of the AIIMS administration on Tuesday.

President of AIIMS Nurses Union, Harish Kalja said, “Our Union is ready for talks with the administration. We are feeling bad for patients but we’re helpless as our demands haven’t been met. We had given notice for strike a month ago but even then the administration didn’t listen to our demands.”