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COVID-19 warriors at SVP end protest over salary cut, mgmt assures pay won’t be deducted

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The nursing and other secondary staff of the SVP Hospital in Ellisbridge were out protesting from early morning after an email informed them that there would be a 20% cut in their salary. Interestingly, the hospital is a COVID-19 centre of the AMC and several of the staff, including nurses, whose salary was deducted were at the forefront of the COVID-19 fight.

The hospital and the contract company under whom the nurses and other staff were employed came under severe criticism for docking the pay of those who risk their lives to help COVID-19 patients.

The staff had gathered at the hospital campus demanding full pay. Later the hospital administration gave it in writing that the 20% salary cut will not be implemented. The management also said that staff who performed at the COVID-19 wards will get an additional 20% hike in salary. They also announced an incentive of Rs250 for everyone who has been on COVID-19 duty and a place to stay till June 30.

It should be noted that the state government has asked that those who perform COVID-19 duty be paid extra. The staff had on Monday morning got an email from the company, Updater Services Pvt Ltd, who had contracted their services stating that their salary would be cut by 20%. The company had said that the salary cut was mandated as the expenses for the mask and PPE kits were an additional expenditure.