Shillong, Jan 3: The Meghalaya EMRI Workers Union (MEMRIWU) on Monday decided to go on a weeklong strike starting at midnight of January 3.
MEMRIWU had, earlier in 2021, been pushing for the State government to take over the service from the private GVK when the latter’s contract ended on March 31 last year.
However, much to the workers’ disappointment, the government extended the contract for another year.
On December 11, the MEMRIWU served a two-week deadline for the State government to accede to its demands, which include higher wages besides the takeover of the emergency service.
“There is nothing from the government or the management side. They have not heeded to our demands even after the two weeks deadline ended,” MEMRIWU president Microlina Syiemlieh told reporters.
“During the Covid pandemic we are in the frontline savings people’s lives but no one is listening to our problems,” Syiemlieh added.
MEMRIWU, publicity secretary, Joseph Pyngrope informed that they were agitating since 2018 at which point they earlier had 36 grievances but came down to eight and presently they have only two demands which never was met.
“All we want is better salary and job security,” Pyngrope said.
“If we get a good salary our service towards the public will also be good,” he added.