All India Government Nurses Federation (AIGNF)
1980’s had achieved many milestones in Indian Nursing history like formation of Delhi Nurses
Union, High Power Committee for Nursing Profession and formation of All India Government Nurses Federation.
There was a felt need among the nursing leaders to unite all the nurses and to bring the reform in the nursing profession.
Leaders from Rajasthan and Uttarpradesh took initiative to meet all the leaders
from different states and called for a conference in May 1988 at Delhi and formed All India Government Nurses Federation (AIGNF).
A Head quarter is located at Dr.Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi.
Delhi Nurses Union(DNU)
Nursing profession was originated on foreign land. It was adopted in India and is now the largest single female
professional category in country‘s health service.
The Nursing service in India has expanded considerably since independence. Along with this expansion diversification of nursing
service in medical are getting added to the already expanded role of nursing personnel with changing health profiles of
individuals and that of the country. Nurses have successfully diversified their role by taking care of high risks and vulnerable
groups such as mother and new born, under fives, adolescents, elderly, mentally challenged etc. Nurses are accessible even
where the doctors are not available for providing care at the doorsteps (e.g. immunization, ambulatory dialysis etc.)
Whatever may be the level of advancement the focus of nursing activities is predominantly centered on prevention
i.e. health education counselling and behavior change communication. Nurses play an important role in effective management of
the cost of health care services, at all level of health care, grass root to advanced and the list goes on.
Care and maintenance and direct patient care (health education towards self-health care activities, family counselling on
contraceptive choice, teaching self- help skills to patients with chronic illness e.g. taking insulin injection etc.)
History of Delhi Nurses Union
It was the year 1967 when Mrs. G. K. Khurana joined the hospital services as staff nurse in Ram Manohar Lohia hospital
which was known as Willington Hospital after completing her General Nursing Training from a mission hospital in Punjab.
The working condition were very poor and not favourable to elicit her performance at optimal level.
United Nurses Association (UNA)
Unite Nurses Association is the organization representing nurses in private hospitals of Kerala state.
The organization was formed in a worse condition when nurses were treated like slaves in hospitals and
they were exploited by various hospital administrations who had an oppressive mentality towards the nurses in their hospitals.
It is a matter of proud that the organization was capable of putting an end to the mental torture
towards our fellow comrades and gain decent wages without forgetting our duties towards patients and the effort
carried out by the comrades for achieving these favorable conditions are to be appreciated.
UNA was formed on November 11th 2011 at Trichur and same district was chosen as its center for future activities.
On the same day in its primary Issues in relation with labour right violations, mental tortures and minimal wage were discussed
in the organization and decision was taken to protest against these in the coming days. The unfortunate incident of suicide by
Beena Baby who was also a malayali because of mental torture by hospital management paved way for preparing nurses in kerala
for waging against the oppressions mentally.
Delhi Private Nurses Association (DPNA)
Among various existed professionals in the society, nurses are most exploited and seek freedom. One of such first freedom struggle in
private hospital was at Batra Hospital, Delhi. It was on 11th December 2009, the people from neighborhood come to know about the harassment
of the nurses who served them in their needy times and came forward to unite and stand in solidarity. This capitalized the energy among
the nurses and motivated and mobilized to fight against the exploitation in private hospitals and raise their voice for their rights.
This strike was well covered by state and national news media and lead to series of discussion in the parliament. The whole process
initiated a confidence among the nurses to raise their voices and fight for their rights. Majority of the problems were solved under the
guidance of Smt. Sheila Dikhshit (Chief Minister of Delhi at that time) and many political representatives from Kerala were actively
involved in resolving the issues. This followed many more agitations and strikes by the nurses to raise, come out and stand still for their
dignified work place, patient care and both patient and nurses rights.
Mushrooming of privatization in the health sector has shifted health as service to an industry. There should be a control over
the private hospital and there should be a proper law or rule under the central or state governments to find a solution to the
problems of private nurses, then only there is permanent solution for their problems. There were many more stake holders who
are involved in the privatization of health sector, some are visible and most of them are not. They create a lobby with
administration to favor them so that they have a profit and part of it will be shared. The main problems faced in formation of
the laws are our politicians, who have nexus with the main business people and other stake holder.
After several strikes held in Delhi, it was analyzed that almost all institutions have problems which are of similar kind
and need to fight them united. Delhi nurses decided that there should be an association from the nursing personnel which is
lead by a nurse. As a result of discussion held on 26.05.2010 Delhi Private Nurses Association formed and several issues of
nursing personnel’s were analyzed and resolved by the association. There are many more issues emerging and reemerging in
different forms and intensity for which we need to unite and fight collectively.
INDIAN PROFESSIONAL NURSES ASSOCIATION (IPNA)
For many decades, nurses were considered as neglected group, despite being the two third of the working force in health sectors.
The life of nurses had been dragging through the thorny path of struggles and exploitations.
The situation worsened with lack of appropriate nurse patient ratio, no entry cadre for qualified nurses and lack of promotional post, delay in promotions.
During this period, newly joined nurses in many institutions were forced to sign a bond of 2 to 5 years and had to submit their original certificates till the termination of the bond.
This trend resulted in creation of a barrier for career advancement and stopped nurses from acquiring higher degrees.
Most of the nursing community found that the problems and issues were increasing day by day and nobody could find effective solutions.
From the burning fire of aggression against atrocities towards nurses, IPNA entered into the chapters of history through creating a group named ‘Network of Young Nurses: Unity is strength’ in facebook on 10th may 2011. From then this group also grew bigger and bigger as latter did. The association took its space in the hearts of within few months nursing community and young nursing personnel from abroad also were attracted to its goals and activities.
The Aims and Objectives for which the society established are as under:
Maharashtra Government Nurses Federation (MGNF)
Amongst the worker’s movement’s, nurses are considered an important part. Our movements were also an integral part of larger health and social movements in Maharashtra. It has its own its importance at highest level. Some rules and regulations implemented since British era are reflects on working of nursing professionals till now.
On 29th March 1966 Hon’ble Mrs. Anuradha Athawale in Pune (Maharashtra) and Hon’ble Mrs.Kamal Waykole on 6th June 1968 in Mumbai (Maharashtra) formed an association. On International Women Day on 18th and 19th December 1975, 22 districts came together and formed an organization called “Maharashtra Government Nurses Federation”. This Maharashtra Government Nurses Federation (MGNF) is functioning (working) smoothly till date. The nurse’s federation in Maharashtra is inspirational, effective and aggressive in nature.
Since the inception of nurses their working conditions, situations and day today life of work are still challenging and difficult. Since majority of them who were employed in nursing profession are women, they were denied of their individual identity and were treated as “SLAVE” and being women in nursing profession they were given lower status in their job profile.
Nursing profession in the medical field is not only recognized in India, but all over the world. In 21st century, globally the tasks of the doctors are changing fast and also they have great importance in the medical (science) field. Today constant new innovations in medicines and drugs are taking place. The education curriculum and the quality of education in the medical field should also be improved with
changing times, which is hardly done. The concept of nurses as a woman have been very much ignored and no respect is shown to them by society being a women in nursing profession who helps and takes care of the needy patient round the clock in the institution and family members at home.
Injustice to women in nursing profession and society were apparent so there was a clear need to form an association or organization, to solve their problems faced by them in their day to day work life and fight for their rights. There were many struggles, protest and movements carried out by federation which lead to following achievement and improvement in standards of working conditions of Maharastra.
They are as follows:
1. Proper affiliation of work and constraint working shifts of 40 hours a week.
2. Public holiday, second and fourth Saturday should be implemented.
3. All kinds of casual leaves, other leaves optioned holidays were granted.
4. Self appointed volunteers to work in various districts of Maharashtra.
5. Respect for women working as nurses was secured in society and family at large and married women to work, who were seen as taboo for nursing profession were also diminished.
6. Uniform was set according to Indian standards and instead of white and camel color Punjabi dress were adopted by order in 2004 by Maharashtra Government.
7. New rules and guidelines of transfer of nurses were adopted by Maharashtra Govt.
8. Linen, medicine, medical machines, enough man power and their article needed for care and welfare of patients was available in easy and sufficient manner.
9. National and state level awards were achieved by nurses by their outstanding work in their field.
The Maharashtra Government Nurses Federation have organised 17 (parishads) conference convections successfully and in March 1996, 3rd national conference and in march 2009, 5th national conference (parishad) in Pune, Maharashtra had taken place successfully.
Following are some efforts taken by Maharashtra Government Nurses Federation at National Level.
I. In August 1973 the Maharashtra Government Nurses Federation met Hon’ble Public Health Minister Mr. R. K. Khadilkar and presented their demands letter (statements).
II. On 18th August 1982 the M.G.N.F met late honorable priminister Smt. Indira Gandhi at her residence and requested to cancel the transfer of Mrs.Anuradha Athawale.
III. On 27th July 1977 the M.G.N.F met honorable Prime minister Shri.Moraji bhai Desai during his stay at Pune and submitted their narrations/ demands letter (statements).
IV. On 17th July 1985 – the M.G.N.F met the honorable Prim Minister Mr. Rajiv Gandhi at his residence and requested to grant /provide social security to rural and staff.
V. On 12th May 1988 the MGNF met late honorable prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and submitted demands letter (statements).
VI. On 15th December 2003 the MGNF met honorable central health minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj and presented submitted their narrations, demands letter (statements).
VII. On 12th 2005 the MGNF met honorable president Mr.A PJ Abdul Kalam.
VIII. On 12th May 2008 MGNF met honorable president Smt. Pratibha Patil at her residence and presented their narrations demands letter (statements).
The Maharashtra Government Nurse Federation along with other organization such as women worker organization, co-ordinating and establishing their strong relationship still we are moving ahead and fighting and struggling with the system of government for our and patients rights
Nursing Research Society of India (NRSI)
The emergence of any profession is dependant upon creative use by its practitioners of a specified body of verified knowledge and skills in the performance of specific functions. The professions have developed a very special set of norms deriving from their special role in the society and a professional is assumed to use personal expertise on behalf of the particular needs of her clients. Therefore it is the responsibility of the profession to discover, verify , structure and restructure the professional knowledge and skills through systemic enquiry. Nursing has generally accepted research as integral aspect of its professional development. But unfortunately in India for few decades, the theories on which nursing practices were based, for acquiring scientific knowledge and skills was borrowed from other developed countries and therefore were not suitable for Indian environment
Nursing Research Society of India (NRSI) to promote nursing research within and around nursing environment was founded informally in May, 1986 for the advancement of nursing research. As a National and independent organization, the society has ventured to take the responsibility for the promotion and support of Nursing Research and the dissemination of research findings. The Society got registered under the society’s Act-XXI of 1860 with registrar of societies, Delhi Administration on 2nd December 1987(Certificate No. S/18421, dated Dec. 1987). The main aim of the society is to promote research in nursing and thereby promote the health of populations based on evidence and to upgrade nursing education and practice.
The society is founded with the following objectives:
1. Support the development of nursing research activities in universities and health care institutions to set Nursing care standards.
2. Provide a platform to nurse scientists to exchange views on nursing research
3. Disseminate nursing research findings for utilization in the field of health and family welfare
4. Promote and sponsor scientific meets ,seminars, workshops, and conferences to advance nursing research
5. Create public interest in the contribution of nursing in promotive, preventive and restorative activities contributing to health and family welfare
6. Establish a Nursing Research journal of India and bring out other publications pertaining to innovations in nursing
Birth of Nursing Research Society of India
The society came into being as a result of constant enquiry by the nursing students about the professional status of Nursing in India. Nursing students were keen to know if Nursing in India a profession or vocation To which the answer was always that it is a vocation, as we have always based our nursing education and training on the borrowed theories from abroad. There were no scientific books written by Indian writers available for the education and training of Indian nurses. Until the middle of 19th century, we hardly had any research to our credit, to build our own theories suitable to Indian environment. Research studies were undertaken by the M.Sc students as part of fulfilment of their postgraduate programme, which were kept in the library for reference by the fellow master students and the recommendations of the findings of these studies were never considered for
done by a few postgraduate and doctorate nurses but these studies were never published or had been given the opportunity for presentation to disseminate and implement the findings for improving Nursing practice in India and encourage budding researcher to take up independent research after post graduation.
Nursing profession in India cannot achieve the professional status unless there is improvement in nursing care. This is possible only through scientific research. Controlled experiment and critical analysis of existing practices and policies is essential element in the development of any profession in order to be worthy of the title “Profession” and to achieve recognition of its professional status.
At the same time there used to be frequent discussions at various forums among various nursing researchers who often voiced lack of platform where they could share their concerns with like minded persons. One such informal discussion took a serious turn when Mrs. Uma Handa and Dr. Inderjit Walia were travelling together to Bombay to attend a Perinatology Conference as Mrs. Handa was invited to present a research study conducted by her at Wadia Maternity Hospital Bombay in 1982. As a result in May 1987 the idea of making a humble beginning to form an association of Nursing researchers was put forth to some senior nursing personal working at PGI Chandigarh, who readily agreed to support and join the association. Thus the Five nursing leaders: Ms Uma Handa, Dr Inerjit Walia, Ms Sarramma Samuel, Ms Kanta Sangar, and Ms Prem Mehra formed an ad-hoc self nominated executive board and held NRSI’s first meeting at PGI Chandigarh to formulate a proper structure, objectives and plan activities of the society. A series of executive meetings resulted in the formation of memorandum including policies of the society. Meanwhile circulars were sent to various eminent senior Nurse leaders to join the society as founder members. Also to post graduate nurses to join as members and other nurses and related professionals as associate members.
The task which looked impossible and difficult became a reality and enjoyable for the members and as they got a forum for the first time in India to present their research work. The Formation of nursing research society was supported by 14 eminent nursing leaders to name some, Dr. Sulochna Krishnan, Dr Aprana Bhaduri, Dr. Margtet Dean, Mrs. R.K, Sood (Ex. Nursing Advisor, MOH & FW) Dr.Sally Bish, (Nursing advisor, WHO) Dr Barbara Wade (Royal college of nursing London, UK) Ms Ruth Harner and many others senior nurse leaders as founder members. The society got its birth certificate under the
name of NURSING RESEARCH SOCIETY OF INDIA following registration in 1987 and the first conference of NRSI was organized in 1988 at AIIMS, New Delhi. This conference was a great success and sponsored by WHO, UNICEF, MOH & FW, AIIMS, and many National and international voluntary organizations and attended by eminent nurse leaders and scientists from related professions.
The birth of NRSI has been a very significant landmark in the history of nursing profession in India in general and nursing research in particular. It achieves its aim and objectives by providing platform to nurse scientists in its regular annual workshops and conferences and by publishing their research based articles in its official organ ,”The Journal of NRSI” that is published bi-annually. It is a peer reviewed journal, registered under Newspaper Act vide No. MAHENG/2012/46354 and has the Print ISSN 0975-6841. Today, with more than 2100 members including 35 international members on its roll the society has moved to the forefront of promoting research, disseminating the research findings, providing the best evidence for nursing practice and positively influencing the quality of nursing practice and nursing education in India. Through its interactive website, www.nrsindia.org , the members and the public at large are kept updated with the numerous activities the society is undertaking regularly.
Every Nurse practitioner as a key person in the health care setting must view herself as contributor to research process. Each one of the member of the profession has a commitment to encourage, participate and facilitate research to generate new knowledge, verify existing practices and permeate nursing with intellectual curiosity. To do this each professional nurse has to develop enquiry attitude, she needs to question her action: is it based on intellectual observation and scientific principles? How reliable and valued are the results of the study. Can she interpret the findings and motivated to risk the changes in her practice and generate new knowledge and skills for improving care of individual in health and sickness
Nursing has changed over the past few decades and scope of profession has widened. Nursing research has today become an integral part of all nursing activities. But there is still greater need for appropriate methodology, techniques to suit the constantly changing health needs of the society. There is wide scope of improving the performance of evidence based nursing services
NRSI wishes all the best for Nurses day celebrations and congratulate those who took the initiative for the formation of the concept and celebrate Nurses day with a difference.
Karnataka Nurses Forum: (KNF)
This is the platform for all the NURSES in Karnataka. KNF would be a supporting body capacitate all the Nurses who are studying, working and who have studied or worked in Karnataka State.
“Karnataka Nurses Forum” is an association evolved to stand for Nurses. It started in Mangalore with the brave post graduate students on the sole view to fight against injustice prevailing in the site. In the year 2010, M.Sc Nursing results had been devastating. Students from the prestigious colle ges (more than 10 years) in Karnataka failed with very less marks which was a shock to bright students. Dishearten by the tragedy, a student group from Mangalore gathered many students and moved to high court. When the court refused the case, the student’s formed a group in facebook provide a platform to publicize the issue and provide justice to the suffering. Then this little spark ignited a ray of hope among thousands of students across the state.
At this same moment students of Bangalore region called for protest for this injustice at the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) in Bangalore. The leaders in this region were Mr. Govindraj RH, Mr. Suresh Babu GO, Mr. Khadir, Mr. Mubash, Mr. Shabeer, Mr. Ajo, Mr. Kenneth Sajjan, Mr.Sathish, Mr.Prasanna, Mr.Halaswamy, Mr.Ravikiran and many others had a series of discussion to form an association hence result was “Karnataka Nurses Forum” (KNF). Then there was unified effort by the KNF to fight for injustice. After much hardship, finally the KNF tasted the first success by getting grace marks for the needy candidates which saved them from the stigma of failure.
Official Registration was done on 12th Dec 2012 at 12.12 pm, at Bangalore.
1. “Karnataka Nurses Forum” has brought many transformations in the RGUHS examination and evaluation system especially in Nursing. These changes were implementation of best of two in the evaluation criteria, centralised evaluation, and cancellation of limited attempts. Now KNF is continuously striving for the upliftment of the profession.
2. The members had raised voice against appointing a doctor in the Karnataka Nursing Board.
3. KNF participated in the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences Senate elections. The leaders campaigned for the candidates who were from nursing field. We gave a tough competition with members of other field.
4. KNF has participated in many protests related to Nursing like justice for the tragic death of Ms. Jacinta in United Kingdom & Protest against Mr.Vishwas for bad comment on Nurses & Bad Picturization of Nurses in a movie shoot at Victoria Hospital Bangalore. Our leaders were participated in many Panel discussion conducted by media related to Nursing Issues.
FIRST DISTRICT BRANCH
Recently on 19th April 2015 KNF has inaugurated first district branch in Shimoga and handed over the positions to Volunteers from Shimoga& KNF is planning to start the district branches all over Karnataka.
“If we fight we may not always win But If we don’t fight we will surely loose’’
All India ESIC Nurses Federation (AIENF)
Employees’ State Insurance Scheme of India is a multidimensional social security system tailored to provide socio-economic protection to worker population and their dependants covered under the scheme. Besides full medical care for self and dependants, that is admissible from day one of insurable employment, the insured persons are also entitled to a variety of cash benefits in times of physical distress due to sickness, temporary or permanent disablement etc. resulting in loss of earning capacity, the confinement in respect of insured women, dependants of insured persons who die in industrial accidents or because of employment injury or occupational hazard are entitled to a monthly pension called the dependants benefit. The promulgation of Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948(ESI Act), by the Parliament was the first major legislation on social Security for workers in independent India. The scheme was inaugurated in Kanpur on 24th February 1952 (ESIC Day) by then Prime Minister Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. He was the first honorary insured person of the Scheme and the declaration form bearing his signature is a prized possession of the Corporation. The ESIC is an ISO certified organization. There are 151 ESI Hospitals, 42 annexes and 1418 Dispensaries across the country and out of which 36 Hospitals are run by the ESI Corporation directly which offer the quality care services to its IP’s and their dependents effectively with the help of nursing personnel.
Nursing, as a profession, with its own identity, is the largest, the most diverse, and one of the most respected among the health care professions. The scope of Nursing services and educational amenities in India have expanded considerably, since Independence. Nurses have their primary and pivotal role in the delivery quality health care services to its Insured Persons and their dependents and work 24*7 hours round the clock in shift duties even in odd hours during the night duties. Over all nurses are the back bones of the hospital. Hospitals and health establishments will come to a standstill, if the nursing services are withdrawn.
All India ESIC Nurses Federation represents the nursing cadre of ESI Corporation (Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India) across the country. It was established on November 27, 2013 via a National Convention of Nursing Cadre of ESI Corporation held at Noida, after its establishment well over 06 month ago in September 12, 2014, the All India ESIC Nurses Federation (AIESICNF) was registered under No. 4901 in the State of NCT Delhi. All India ESIC Nurses Federation has its Headquarter office ESIC Model Hospital, Andheri (E.) Mumbai, Maharashtra and registered office in Delhi and affiliated units in 08 States and Union Territories of the country. Since its inception, the organization has worked persistently towards upliftment of the nursing profession as well as standardization of nursing services resulting in improved quality of health services. Recently it has filed for recognition under the RSA Rules, 1993 by the ESI Corporation (Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India).
(a) To promote the common service interest of the members.
(b) To organize and unite all the Members of affiliated organization and regulate their Relation with the employer.
(c) To organize and unite all the Members Viz. Associates, Joint Venture and to develop camaraderie and Esprit De-Corps Amongst them;
(d) To Affiliate or Federate all the Nurses Associations/ Unions in Employees State Insurance Corporation.
(e) To co-ordinate the activities of all affiliated organizations and assist them in their activities and representations;
(f) To watch, safeguard and promote the interests, rights and privileges of all Members irrespective of rank, caste, creed, race, sex in all matters relating to their employment by all constitutional means;
(g) To redress grievances of the affiliated organizations.
(h) To secure to the members fair conditions of life and service.
(i) To secure and maintain for all the members the following rights in a way not repugnant to the Constitution of India;
1. Freedom of Speech and expression
2. Freedom of Press
3. Freedom of Association
4.Freedom of Assembly, And
5. Freedom of Work and Maintenance
(j) To Endeavour to settle dispute between employer and employees amicably so that a cessation of work may be avoided.
(k) To Endeavour legal assistance to members in respect of matters arising out of or incidental to their employment.
(l) To Guide the Members of the affiliated organizations of the Federation towards rendering efficient and loyal services to the nation by engendering enthusiasm and patriotic service among themselves;
(m) To help, in accordance with the Indian Trade Unions Act 1926, the working classes in India and outside in the promotion of the objects mentioned in this rules.
(n) To federate with or affiliate it to any other organizations particularly those having the same objects in India and abroad.
(o) To take such other steps as may be necessary to ameliorate the social, financial & civic Situations of the members.
(p) To encourage thrift and co-operation and to promote co-operative societies for the benefits of the members.
(q) To get assistance from all such associations/federations from various parts for the performance of the Objectives.
List of our Affiliated Units across the country:
The following units are affiliated with All India ESIC Nurses Federation initially across the country:
1. ESIC Nurses Association, Delhi & Noida
2. ESIC Hospital Nurses Union, (M.P. Region)
3. ESIC Nurses Union, K.K. Nagar Chennai (Tamilnadu)
4. ESIC Nurses Union, Nacharam, (Andhra Pradesh)
5. ESIC Nursing Officers Association, (Karnataka)
6. ESIC Nurses Welfare Association, (Haryana)
7. Nurses Association of ESIC Hospital, Zoka (Kolkata)
8. ESIC Nurses Association, (Maharashtra Region)
Officials of All India ESIC Nurses Federation:
• President: Mr. Mahendra V.S. Yadav (Noida)
• Office Secretary: Mr. Omprakash Bairwa (Delhi)
• Secretary General: Mr. Jodhraj Bairwa (Mumbai, Maharashtra)
• Secretary (Finance): Mr. Kailash Chand Dhayal (Mumbai, Maharashtra)
• Joint Secretary (Finance): Mr. Sando M.S. (Noida)
• East Zone: Ms. Rita Sarkar (Kolkata, W.B.)
• West Zone: Mr. Narendra Kumar Meena (Mumbai, Maharashtra)
• North Zone: Mr. Rajkumar Dhayal (Gurgaon, Haryana)
• South Zone: Ms. Indriamma C.S. (Banglore, Karnataka)
• Central Zone: Mr. Pankaj Kumar Meena (Indore, M.P.)
• East Zone: Ms. Rekha Haldar (Kolkata, W.B.)
• West Zone: Mr. Satish Bagal (Mumbai, Maharashtra)
• North Zone: Mr. Ratheesh M.R. (Okhla, Delhi)
• South Zone: Mr. Mohammad Smail (Chennai, Tamilnadu)
• Central Zone: Mr. Subramanyam k. Nair (Indore, M.P.)
Note: Duration of all officials is November, 2013 to present.
After official existence of All India ESIC Nurses Federation, we submitted a lot of memorandums and an 18 point charter of demands. Even we requested to call an official meeting with the authorities at ESIC Head Quarters (vides letter no. AIESICNF/REQ/2015/10 dated 18.12.14) but shockingly the requested formal meeting was called only after three months, i.e. on 18.03.15. Since the minutes of meeting have not been circulated till date; the nurses’ representatives present at the meeting have expressed their doubts whether the 18 March 2015 can be considered a formal meeting any longer. We were very shocked by the unresponsive and high handed attitude of ESI Corporation towards the issues of nursing personnel. We have tried to settle the demands with our utmost patience and possibilities with all responsible authorities of ESI Corporation but the Administration of ESI Corporation has failed in this matter of urgent importance and has left no option apart from strike.
Lastly the Central Executive committee of All India ESIC Nurses Federation has to take a strong step like Strike across the country and we served a Strike Notice to ESI Corporation on 21.04.2015 at 10.30am.
Literally I was very shocked to observe its immediate attention from the ESI Corporation after serving strike notice on same day around 2.30pm. The Director General ESI Corporation has called an urgent official meeting on Headquarters office, ESI Corporation, New Delhi on 24.04.2015 at 10.30am. In the meeting a strong representation has been made by us before the authorities of ESI Corporation; overall meeting was very effective in all manners as almost complete issues were discussed and agreed by the authorities in the meeting.
I am so pleased to state that the administration of ESI Corporation has agreed on our 18 points charter of demands which is the biggest achievement of All India ESIC Nurses Federation in the short period of six month. Further I would like to state here that our 08 affiliated units has declared its full co-operation and support in this complete trade union movement so I respect to all the State Representatives and very thankful to all of them who served their full support.
Achievements of All India ESIC Nurses Federation which were agreed by the ESI Corporation:
1. Setting up of Nursing Section at Hqrs. Office, Pancdeep Bhawan, New Delhi;
2. Classification of the Nursing Cadre from in Group –B and Above;
3. Recruitment of Nursing Personnel on regular basis with immediate effect;
4. Grant of Qualification Pay to the Nursing Cadre with immediate effect;
6. Releasing the Complete Recruitment Rules of Nursing Cadre from Staff Nurse to Chief Nursing officer;
7. Holding of DPCs and MACPs timely in all over India;
8. Grant of 3rd MACP to the Senior Nursing Personnel;
9. Grant of Study Leave to the Nursing Cadre;
10. Setting up of Grievance Redressal Committee in all ESIC Hospitals;
11. Grant of Special Public Holidays Declared by DOPT, to Nursing Cadre; (under section 26 of Negotiable Instrument Act 1881)
12. Grant of Special area allowance to the Nursing Cadre;
13. Releasing the updated job profile of all cadres in ESI Corporation;
14. Posting of Nursing Personnel and nursing orderlies in Administrative Branches and other non nursing work;
15. Illegal ruling by the Medical Superintendents in all over India;
16. Reinstate the post of Staff Nurse at Existing Model Dispensary cum Diagnostic Centre run by ESI Corporation over India;
17. Revision of uniform pattern in all ESIC Hospitals;
Centre for Struggling Women (CSW)
REPORT OF OUR ASSESSMENT AND INITIATIVES
As a women’s organization, Centre for Struggling Women (CSW) realizes the importance of organizing and uniting women who enter the workforce. It is our understanding that women are a very significant part of the formal and informal workforce, and that their incomes are crucial to the overall family income. Our experience with organizing working women as well as women students (who are future working women) is that although they are ambitious and hardworking, the job market and larger society is tremendously hostile towards working women.
The current job market is shaped by various forms of gender inequality and rampant exploitation. Exploitation in general terms is prevalent in the form of growing contractual work instead of regularized employment, long work hours, compulsory overtime, clamping down on trade unions or collective action, etc. Meanwhile, gender inequality exists in the job market in the following terms: unequal pay for the same work or grade; sexual harassment at the workplace; fewer promotion options; feminizing of certain occupations by pushing primarily women into them; arbitrary hiring and firing practices, especially based on factors such as physical looks; denial of or delay in sanctioning maternity leave, child care leave; etc. Moreover, the larger society further discriminates against working women, which is why working women—be it female professionals, women agricultural workers, female factory workers—are regularly made victims of various forms of sexual violence, and therefore, live in fear or constantly have to worry about their safety.
In this context, the conditions in which women healthcare workers like nurses, ANMs, ASHAs, etc. work are obviously no different. In the field of clinical nursing, ANMs and even nursing education, contractual employment has increased substantially. Consequently, the majority of healthcare workers are highly overburdened and poorly paid. Unfortunately, the majority of healthcare workers, such as nurses, are unorganized. This is especially true of nurses working in private hospitals, nursing homes, or with placement agencies. These nurses do not have long-lasting unions/associations around which collective action and common demands can be formulated and efficiently enforced. Collectives emerge around the time of strikes but quickly disintegrate with the recall of strikes.
Due to weak organization building within private hospital nurses, retrenchment and victimization after strikes is rampant. In fact, CSW has found that after almost every strike in a private hospital the nursing staff completely changes within a year; making it difficult to take the struggle forward and to build mature leadership from within nurses of private hospitals. The lack of support of the local authorities, especially of labour commissioners, district magistrates and local police, ensures that private hospital administrations get away with retrenchment and victimization during and even after strikes. In fact, CSW has had to intervene in cases reported from Asian Hospital (Faridabad) and Sharda Hospital (Greater Noida) where local policemen were entering hostels of female nurses to threaten them and withdraw from the ongoing strike.
OFFICE-BEARERS MAYA JOHN, Convener.
FATIMA K. CHAUDHARY, Delhi State Committee
Nurses Day – 2015
In the case of government hospitals, CSW has observed that nurses’ unions have steadily weakened themselves by failing to enlarge their influence and organisational work among contract nurses in government hospitals and among nurses of private hospitals. We have also observed that despite many common concerns regarding workload, poor nurse-to-patient ratio, new recruitment rules, etc. there is little unity within nurses of central government hospitals, state government hospitals and autonomous hospitals.
Unfortunately, permanent nursing staff of government hospitals will continue to face the onslaught of privatization of India’s healthcare system, i.e. in terms of health budget cuts, continuous change in recruitment rules to the detriment of the profession, enhanced workload, denial of special allowances and leave, possible reversal of pay grade, lack of promotions and career enhancement, etc., unless existing government hospitals nurses’ unions do not take greater initiative in organizing the large number of nurses who are currently unorganized.
Realizing the skilled work performed by nurses, and troubled by the poor conditions in which the majority of nurses—both in government and private hospitals—have to work, CSW has been consistently helping female nurses. Our assistance comes both in the form of guiding collective action by nurses, spreading awareness and intervening in individual cases of harassment and intimidation
A brief history of our work is detailed below:
1. interactions with nurses in private hospitals and in nursing colleges in Delhi‑NCR: In meetings in hospitals like St. Stephen’s (Tis Hazari), AIIMS College of Nursing, etc., CSW activists have been circulating information about issues picked up by nurses across the country, and also discussing specific problems that the nursing staff or students bring up. For example, in St. Stephen’s Hospital, we have had sessions where CSW has invited a well-known psychologist associated to Delhi University’s Psychology Department to address the nurses’ questions and concerns about child sexual abuse, i.e., how to detect such abuse and to deal with the resulting trauma. Having to spend long hours at work, the safety of their children has clearly been a continuous concern of nurses, who had left their children in the care of family elders, a servant or a neighbour.
In such meetings, discussion and solutions were also discussed with respect to harassment by landlords and problems like stalking as well as other forms of sexual harassment at work or outside. CSW will soon also be holding regular workshops on sexual harassment to spread awareness about the procedures for filing and investigating such complaints within a hospital. In the case of nursing students of AIIMS, CSW has not only been part of their recent struggle that emerged after the suicide of 20 year old nursing student in the hostel, but has been regularly meeting them and encouraging them to be part of the larger movement.
2. Support to ongoing strikes and collective action by nurses: CSW has participated since 2009 onwards in nurses’ strikes and dharnas. We have taken a strong stand in support of nurses, against the new recruitment rules for central government hospitals. CSW has also supported strikes that have emerged in private hospitals after the release of the Sixth Pay Commission’s recommendations, following which the disparity in incomes between government hospital nurses and private hospital nurses grew substantially. The disparity has triggered many militant struggles across private hospitals in Delhi-NCR and we have provided legal advice and logistic support to the struggling nurses in such cases.
unite the nursing community and various nursing associations, as well as building a strong connection between women’s groups and nurses’ trade unions. For us women’s issues are an important part of trade union struggles, and therefore working women like nurses should take a stand on not just work-related issues but gender discrimination at large. For this reason of building larger unity and long-lasting networks, we have promoted and helped organize joint-action programs.
Recently, CSW brought various women’s organizations, AIIMS Nurses’ Union and other individual nurses together for a solidarity meeting following the suicide of Sister Molly in AIIMS. Similarly, CSW co-organized a joint-protest along with nurses’ associations and other women’s organizations outside the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (Government of India) in summer of 2014. This protest was called following reports of sexual harassment and victimization of nurses across various nursing institutions, hospitals and healthcare centres in the country. Most recently, CSW called for a joint-protest by women activists and nurses outside Goa Sadan (Delhi) in April 2015, following the derogatory statements made by the Goa Chief Minister.
3. Regular media campaigns: Whenever we learn of issues pertaining to nurses and their struggles, CSW makes it a point to highlight such issues in the print and electronic media. This is important since the larger Indian public must be informed of the precarious condition of healthcare workers and therefore of the public healthcare system.
4. Creation of a support group: We are in the process of working with like-minded nurses and other healthcare workers to constitute a larger support group that can help coordinate common struggles against anti-people health policies of the central and state governments and the neglect of nursing profession. Such a support group would extend advice and mobilize logistic support for various nursing associations on the ground. The long-term aim of such a support group is to encourage nurses to go beyond individual hospital-related struggles or mere trade unionism, and consequently, to engage more holistically and vigorously with government policies affecting public health and the nursing profession.
Association of Railway Nursees of India
Association of Railway Nurses of India (ARNI) is an association of Railway Nurses of all Railway Hospitals. ARNI’s aim is to fight for Railway Nurses right & their Welfare.Indian Railways has 17 Zonal Railways along Kolkata metro railways with its 9 Zonal Hospitals, 56 divisional hospitals, 37 sub divisional hospital & 586 health units in its setup and providing medical & nursing facilities to 65 lakhs working and retired railway employees.
Indian Railways has 17 Zonal Railways along Kolkata metro railways with its 9 Zonal Hospitals, 56 divisional hospitals, 37 sub divisional hospital & 586 health units in its setup and providing medical & nursing facilities to 65 lakhs working and retired railway employees.
At zonal railways there is a central hospital with all specialities and facilities. Divisional & sub divisional hospitals provide inpatient health services and outpatient services are provided at health units to all working & retired railway employees and their families
• In these central, divisional & Sub divisional level hospital nurses are the pillars of health care delivery system by giving strength through their work and care.
• The output of a contented and healthy worker, who is relieved of mental and financial worries on account of his own or some family member’s sickness, will be better and more conducive to the efficient running of Railways.
• There are around 6,500 nurses providing services to railway employees and their families in railway hospital in India.
• There is no separate administrative set up in Indian Railways for nursing cadre whose are in numbers of 6500 across all railway hospital in India.
• The health directorate in railways has all administrative set up for doctors who account for 2000 across all railway hospital in India.
This is the really injustice to the nursing cadre of Indian Railways. At all levels of health care, grass route to technically advancement centers there are endless examples of contributions of nursing services that brings down the family’s cost on health care and maintenance. So there should be a separate administrative set up for nurse’s in Indian railways.
Every organisation has its own problems with different intensity. Nursing professional recruited in railway department are also having issues and problems, some of them which were predominant and few of them still exist in the set up, they are as follows:
Grievances of railway nurses
• 1. Working hour(48 hrs/week)
• 2. Duty timings ( night duty start from 10-11pm)
• 3. Change of designation
• 4. Administered by doctors
• 5. Night duties 14 days /month
• 6. Higher education
• 7. Promotion in group-b
• 8. No provision for welfare of railway nurses
All unions & associations are working in railways mainly for-
• 1. Running staff (train driver,guard)
• 2. Engineering staff
• 3. Electrical staff etc
• 1. 8 zones of railway affiliated with ARNI
• 2. 2500 members already listed with ARNI
• 3. ARNI has initiated to celebrate nurses day/week at all levels in railway hospitals/units.
• 4. ARNI has initiated informal meetings with hospital administration for welfare of nurses & their grievances.
• 5. ARNI organises Continuing Nursing Education (CNE's) & clinical discussions for knowledge upgradation of nurses.
• 6. ARNI initiated to appreciate & honour all nurse who served and retire in that year on nurses day celebration.
• 7. ARNI organises the blood donation camp at various levels.
• 8. ARNI headed the women empowerment in railways.
Male Nurses Union (Andhra Pradesh)
Andhra Pradesh divided into two separate states as Telangana and Andrapradesh. Male Nurses Association is located in the Andrapradesh. Nursing profession, has a different foot print in this state. In nursing profession male students were allowed till 1960’s, thereafter they stopped admission till year 2005. Year 2005, was one where many of the private nursing institutions were mushrooming and their lobby with the authorities would have been made it possible to restart male student’s admission. As there were no male nurses during period in the system so there were male nurse’s recruitment and they were not getting avenues to practice and serve the needy people. Hence a group of young nurses united and formed an association for gender justice.
• Our organization executives met and discussed problems with local and state leaders and Nurses Day – 2015
submitted representations to DME, DD, DPHN, APVVB Commissioner. Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh and state Health Minister promised that they will look into our problems and assured that these will be resolved as early as possible.
• Increment in the private nurse’s salary: After the consecutive struggles and protest there are several institutions which are offering better salary. We are happy to share that salary has enhanced from 9,000 to 13,000/- month. from the managements etc...) happening in private hospitals, government hospitals, no one is there to ask and respond. So that we decided to take a chance to face them.
• We started a union in 2014; thoroughly we conducted meetings with male nurses in each and every district’s in AP state and tried to motivate and educate the nurses about present issues which we have been facing.
• At the starting level no one was there to respond, support and work with us. So we decided to walk alone. Nurses started looking towards our works and actively we are conducting meetings with politicians and officers of State health and family welfare departments and channelized to join us.
• Our activity and proactive steps mobilized many professionals to join the brigade and fight for our right. We are in infant stage so co-orpration from other willing states and co-ordination within a country could able to provide affordable and assessable quality care to population.
NIMHANS Nurses Welfare Association (NNWA)
National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore is one among the pioneer institution for mental health and neuro science in India. The quality of nursing care provided here is highly appreciated and awarded nationwide. Absolutely the commitment and dedication of the staff nurses is remarkable. But there were heart breaking tearful back stories of our senior nurses who were threatened and humiliated by the administration on their way to this name and fame. Following the amalgamation of 1974 resulting in NIMHANS, the faculty of the nursing department took up the dual responsibility of providing clinical services as well as conducting teaching programs. But sometimes good intentions may results worst, here staff nurses has restricted freedom of work, movement and to speak, as mirror image of early 18th century nursing students. In fact the increase of nurse patient ratio, 8 day off /month, professionally dignified uniform, higher education and such several basic rights were still a dream for our nurses. It is unbelievable that a total of 428 nurses serving round clock for 933 bedded NIMHANS where as 887 are needed, a sharp shortage of 459 nurses. “Change is inevitable” the frustrated group wake up and realized about their rights they though quality of nursing care surely could improve further more without loosing the lives of working nurses. Their unified thoughts united together and evolved as NIMHANS NURSES WELFARE ASSOCIATION (NNWA).
SUCCESS STORIES OF NNWA
• Website: NIMHANS Nurses Welfare Association is the one of the nursing service association which has launched its own website for its members for educational and informational up gradation of its members.
• Uniform: staff nurses in NIMHANS were never granted to wear aprons since from inception of NIMHANS even though almost all government and private hospitals allowed staff nurses to do so. With continuous and hard work of NNWA, NIMHANS administration was forced to grant apron for the nurses as there uniform
• M.Sc Psychiatric Nursing Course: Earlier the number of sponsored M.Sc Nursing seats for nurses working in NIMHANS were limited 2 but with the timely enforcement of NNWA the NIMHANS administration increased number of sponsorship seat to 3 for the nurses working in NIMHANS
• Job description: as there is no clear cut job description for the nurses working under different category and various ward, NNWA was successful to perceive the nursing department to take initiation in preparing the job description for the nurses.
• Various genuine professional problems of the members were sorted effectively and timely.
Kerala Govt . Nurses ' Union (KGNU)
Kerala Govt . Nurses ' Union (KGNU)is an organization among the govt. Hopital nurses under kerala govt.This service organization is politically supported by Indian National Congress . But,we never consider which party is in power during our strikes for rights.
We stands for the total upliftment of our profession. The nurses who are believed in democracy were protested against KGNA for their decision to became the part of CPM party and started KGNU in 1986. We have liberal thoughts beyond political interest on nurses issues.
1)Implementation of Dr.Prathapan commission report
2)Extra off after 6 days night duty
3 Night duty reduced to 3 days from 6 days
4 Stopped night duty more than 50 years old nurses.
5 Implement three shift duty up to the level of district hospitals.
6 Uniform changed to churidar from saree
7 Better pay scale within the state limit...... Our 29th state conference was held at Ernakulam on 4,5 Nov 2016 .