December 12th, 2011
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Gurudasan calls for fair wages for nurses

GurudasanKollam: Pay hike for the nurses is elementary and an urgent necessity, said former Labour Minister PK Gurudasan.The basic pay of the nurses should be fixed at 10,000 in order to meet the prevailing living standard index and this should be complemented with Dearness Allowance in accordance with the Minimum Wages Notification, 1962, he said.

Currently a superintendent with 10 years of experience is entitled to a basic pay of only 5610 rupees. According to h07im nurses remained among the most exploited categories of workers as they were overworked and denied even basic facilities. As the nurses are being denied fair pay scales they were being forced into agitation. However he was of the opinion that the nurses should be more organized while fighting for their rights.

The former LDF goverment in which he was the labour minister had attempted to revise the minimum wages of hospital staff and had constituted a Minimum Wages Committee was constituted in 2007. As the representatives of the hospital management opposed the pay revision, the committee was forced to take a unanimous decision which the two management representatives on the committee refused to sign. The decision led to a paltry increase in the wages of the nurses. However, majority of hospital managements continued to deny the revised pay scales to nurses.



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