Nurses refuse to come down from Kerala hospital terrace

August 16th, 2012 - 9:08 pm ICT by IANS  

Kochi, Aug 16 (IANS) The three nurses, who threatened to make a suicidal jump from the terrace of a Kerala hospital Wednesday if their demand of permanent employment is not met, refused to come down Thursday even after several rounds of talks.

Since Wednesday, Labour Minister Shibhu Baby John, Health Minister V.S. Sivakumar and Kerala government’s chief whip P.C. George have held several rounds of talks with the trio. However, they remain adamant on their demand that they be given a permanent post at the hospital.

The three nurses climbed atop the hospital building when the strike by a section of nurses in the Kothamangalam Mar Baselious Hospital in Ernakulam — demanding that the hospital authorities make permanent the services of all the nurses working on a labour bond contract — entered its 114th day Wednesday.

When media persons tried to reach them, the nurses threatened to jump off the building.

The trio has refused food till their demand is met and are not taking phone calls from their families and friends.

The hospital management said that only those nurses who have completed their training could be absorbed by the hospital.

“We all have taken education loans and the cooling period is now over. We have no means to repay it with our meagre allowance,” a colleague said.

“The three on the roof top recently received a recovery notice from the bank,” she added.

Leader of opposition V.S. Achuthanandan will meet the striking nurses later in the night.

A shutdown was observed in Kothamangalam Thursday to put pressure on the authorities for an early resolution to the issue.

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