Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 20:
Odisha 108 ambulance service workers called off their cease work protests late this evening following a discussion with Ziqitza Health Service (ZHS) authorities.
They would join duty with immediate effect, said Secretary of 108 Ambulance Service Workers’ Association Manoj Sahu.
“Today we had a meeting with the ZHS authorities. They have assured us that they would fulfil our seven point charter of demands. Even though they have not specified any timeframe to honour the commitment, we are calling off the strike keeping in mind the greater interest of the people of the state,” said Sahu speaking to reporters late this evening.
Notably, the employees of the 108 ambulance service including drivers, helpers and medical technicians had been on a cease work protest since March 18 demanding payment of minimum guaranteed wages, 15 per cent annual increment and construction of rest shades for the employees among others.
Besides, they have been alleging that they are being forced to work in 12-hour-long shifts against the provision of eight hours.
Even though the State Government imposed Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) yesterday and arrests were made for defiance of order, the workers had been reluctant to call off the strike without a solution.