AITUC Medical Staff Association district secretary S Chinnasamy sent a memorandum to the CM to extend corona incentive to contract workers in all government medical college hospitals and government hospitals as they were also working actively during the current corona pandemic period.
He thanked him for extending incentives like “Rs 30,000 per month for doctors, Rs 20,000 for nurses, Rs 20,000 for postgraduate and trainee doctors and Rs 15,000 for other medical staff for three months-April, May and June- during the second wave of corona infections.”
However, the contractors state that the above notice does not apply to contract staff working in government medical college hospitals and government hospitals.
This is causing shock, tension and confusion among contract workers. In the state, thousands of contract workers have been working for years in government hospitals across Tamil Nadu, including about 300 at the Government Erode Medical College Hospital, Perundurai and about 150 at the Erode Government General Hospital.
They are not even paid the minimum wage set by the Tamil Nadu government. They are paid only about Rs 300 a day. Moreover, legal benefits are not provided properly. Thus, they are living in great difficulty.
It would be great if they could get the above incentive. Under the previous AIADMK regime, the special pay announced for frontline workers engaged in corona prevention work was not paid to the contract workers despite repeated appeals.
At present, they are hoping that the incentives that the CM announced will be paid to all contract workers without discrimination.
We, therefore, humbly request the Government to take appropriate action to ensure that all contract workers in Government Hospitals, including House Keeping, Lab Technicians, Ambulance and Security Services, receive the incentives as announced.