Agitating EMRI workers seeks Govt’s intervention

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Health Minister James K Sangma on Tuesday assured that the state government will not extend the contract with the GVK EMRI.

 The agreement is scheduled to expire on March 31, this year.

 This was informed by a delegation of the Meghalaya EMRI Workers Union (MEMRIWU) after a meeting with the health minister.

 The MEMRIWU has called for a one-week strike demanding the state government to end the contract with the GVK EMRI and to take over the emergency services in order to ensure job security to them.

 

Speaking to media persons, MEMRIWU publicity secretary Joseph Pyngrope said that the health minister had assured the union that the state government will not extend the contract with GVK.

 

“We are happy that the health minister has assured us that the state government will not extend the contract with GVK and he also assured us that the employees must not feel insecure about their job post the expiration of the contract with GVK” , said Pyngrope.

 

Pyngrope said that the health minister had also assured the union that soon a written assurance will be delivered so that the employees can resume their services especially at times when the state is fighting the pandemic. He added that the union will also accept the implementation of minimum wage till March and is expected from the state government to increase their salaries after the contract with GVK is terminated.

 

Meanwhile, adviser of MEMRIWU Reachingson Kongwang while speaking to media persons after the meeting which chief minister said that the chief minister has asked the health department through the health minister to submit the report on the issue pertaining to the demands of the union and also the services by GVK.

 

“The chief minister has informed us that a detailed report is being requested from the health department before taking a final decision on their demands, especially on the salaries and job security” said Kongwang.

 

When asked whether they will call off the on-going strike, Kongwang said that the union will wait for a written assurance as promised by the health minister which will be sent through mail and the moment their demands are met, the union will resume back their services.