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Shillong: More than 250 workers belonging to the Meghalaya EMRI Workers Union (MEMRIWU) have decided to strike work since Monday midnight, leaving a total of 45,108 ambulances off the roads in the state.

The union is demanding the state government to provide better pay and also regularise them. The MEMRIWU is under GVK EMRI payroll. The union has alleged that the administration has failed to keep their promises to increase their salaries, especially with the amount of work they have carried out during the Covid-19 pandemic.

MEMRIWU Advisor Roypar Raswai said they have been compelled to undertake this week-long strike since their demands have not been met. The union expressed sympathy for those affected by their strike especially during the omicron wave.

“We have put our demands before the government and also before the management but they have paid no heed. Since 2019, we have carried out our agitations but to no avail. Once the government will call us for discussion and give us an assurance then we can decide whether to call off the strike,” Raswai said.

“We request the public to bear with us, because the 108 workers here have worked tirelessly during the first and second wave. We have done so much for the state but the concerned department who can help us isn’t doing so,” said Raswai.

The strike will be a week-long strike and for further course of action they will decide in the coming days. 

Leader of East Khasi Hills District of the EMRI Workers Union K Dorphang informed that the management appealed to them to call off the strike and assured to look into their demands. “We want this assurance to be given in written and not just verbal assurances. Then only we will call off the strike,” added Dorphang. 

The other members of the union also gave an ultimatum to the government stating that they are waiting for the health minister to respond since he is currently on vacation but if the minister fails to act on their demands they will be compelled to take other course of action.

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