At 8am this morning, an assortment of employees from a cleaning company refused to perform their regular morning custodial duties at the Xinhua Hospital in Shanghai’s Yangpu district, and assembled for a strike over low wages.
The scene outside the Shanghai Jiaotong University-affiliated hospital consisted of the custodians, who are contracted by the hospital for cleaning, deliveries and other service work, clogging up the hospital entrance for emergencies while engaging with regular hospital staff and Zhang Q. Public’s.
The cleaning staff apparently staged the strike after negotiations for better salary, rest periods and other improvements with their company were reaching a dead-end.
The situation currently remains unresolved.
As a general rule, hospitals in the mainland are notorious for their financial problems, including the widespread underpayment of medical staff. It results in hospitals becoming hotbeds of corruption and deal-making, including unfortunate situations like the recent case in Dongguan, when staff at a private hospital hid a baby boy from his parents, while demanding to be paid for maternity care.
Photos and information from Yahoo China.