News : '108’ Ambulance Workers Begin Protest
Madurai, India Nov 2, 2015 -- Members of Tamil Nadu ‘108’ Ambulances Employees’ Welfare Association began a 10-day black-badge protest, pressing for a charter of demands here on Sunday.
It formed part of the State-wide agitation, with the participation of over 1,200 employees, including ambulance pilots, emergency medical technicians and call centre employees, said the association’s State president M. Irulandi.
State general secretary S. Ulaganathan said that the employees had been demanding Deepavali bonus and reduction of working hours from 12 hours a day to eight hours for the past two years. But the administration did not heed to our demands, he said.
Stating that price of essential commodities was going up, he said that the association was also pressing for dearness allowance to make both ends meet.
Mr. Irulandi said that over 20 employees were killed in accidents. "The family members were given only the insurance money, but not any compensation from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund," he added.
The association also sought assistance for education of wards of the employees.
Stating that over 40 employees had been removed on flimsy grounds in the last two years, the association wanted them to be reinstated.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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