Tirupur MP K Subbarayan and TN medical staff association (AITUC) president S Chinnasamy submitted a petition to the CM at the Government Erode Medical College Hospital (GEMCH) seeking regularization of all cleaning workers, security personnel etc working as contract staff for many years in the GEMCH.
They thanked him for announcing an incentive of Rs.15,000 to Rs 30000 to all frontline workers, including contract workers and pleaded to him to ensure the above incentives to all eligible workers.
GEMCH employs more than 300 people through two private contractors, Crystal and Five Star.
They are outsourced and have been working here continuously from 1 to 15 years.
They include different category of staff including Lab Technicians, Male and Female Nursing Assistants (FNA, MNA and ANM), House Keeping, Security personnel, and Gardeners.
Apart from these, more than 30 DGNM staff who have completed Diploma training have been working under the management of the hospital for 2 to 15 years.
They are paid a maximum salary of up to Rs. 12,000 / – per month.
The above workers are not even paid the minimum wage fixed by the government under the Minimum Wage Act.
The Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation (TNMSC) has set a minimum wage below the government-mandated minimum wage. But, such wage was not fully given by the contract firms.
Besides, they deducted the management contribution for ESI and PF from the wages of workers.
In addition, the deducted amount is not remitted properly in ESI and PF accounts.
The workers are being paid around Rs 300 a day only as wage.
As a result, these workers are finding it very difficult to make a living.
They are waiting with full confidence that their problems will be solved under your leadership.
They pleaded to issue appropriate orders to regularise all eligible staff, including those outsourced in this hospital, and arrange minimum wage fixed by the Government for other temporary workers.
Moreover, many of these workers have been exposed to corona infections. Still, they continue to work with out looking their interest.
They pleaded to ensure proper security measures, including proper treatment, rest and safety equipment to them.