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mercedes-sprinter-ambulance-2Bangalore, Aug 12, 2013:Employees of Arogya Kavacha, the ‘108’ emergency ambulance services, have again absented themselves from work and this time for receiving less salary. The employees, who received their payment on Monday, have received Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,000 less than their expected salary.

When asked, the GVK EMRI (Emergency Management Research Institute) told the employees that their salaries were deducted for the days they had boycotted work during the strike. The employees were on strike from July 26 to August 9.

R Sridhar, president of the Arogya Kavacha employees’ association, said that their working days are calculated from 20th to 21st of every month, and they had gone on strike from July 26. “We have to ideally receive salary for the days that we have worked and the deduction should happen for the next month.  But EMRI has deducted the amount from this month’s salary itself.

We will be at work, but will not attend to any emergency cases,” he added. Jagadish Patil, head of operations, EMRI said that as per the Supreme Court’s directions, employees are not to be paid for the days they have boycotted the services. The salaries are paid as per calendar month and not calculated from the middle of the month, he added.

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