SKIMS casual workers seek regularisation

SKIMS casual workers seek regularisation

Iqbal Kirmani

SRINAGAR: Braving rains , casual workers from SKIMS Soura held a protest demonstration Wednesday demanding regularization of services.
More than 170 casual labourers have been serving in the premiere hospital since 1994. According to the rules their services should have been made permanent after seven years of casual service but they still continue to work on casual basis.
“We have been working here for more than 20 years on casual basis with meagre salary. While we were to be regularized after seven years of our casual service but the successive directors have been neglecting our genuine demand,” Abdul Rashid, president, SKIMS Casual Labourers Union
“We were engaged against the vacant posts, and after the completion of our casual service we were to be adjusted on these posts. A mere order could have changed our life but they have put the future of 170 households at stake by putting the orders on halt,” he added.
The casual employees said, “We went to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for more than five times with the grievance to which he replied that he has given orders to the Director for the regularization of our services. But when we apprised the same to the Director he said you should bring in the influence only then your services can be regularized,” said Mohammad Shahid, a casual labourer.
Another casual labourer Mushtaq Ahmad said, “It is difficult to survive on a meagre salary of 4500. We hardly manage to meet our both ends and our children have been the worst sufferers of this injustice as they have not been able to receive education.”
They requested CM and the Director SKIMS to address their grievance.

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