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Resident Doctors Must Take Down Their Strike Notices – FG

Chris Ngige

Chris Ngige

The Federal Government has come out to direct the National Association of Resident Doctors and the Joint Health Sector Unions to withdraw their strike notices immediately.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige recently revealed this at a news conference in Abuja.

According to him, these notices are not allowed in International Labour Organisation Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiation, so they must be withdrawn as soon as possible.

He added that the arm twisting cannot work because the issues they are bringing are nothing but tangential.

His words, “I told them to withdraw because it is arm-twisting. It is not allowed in International Labour Organisation Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiation. So, we expect them to withdraw those notices they gave.”

“JOHESU gave 15-day ultimatum with effect from June 28. NARD gave 28-day ultimatum from when the day they had their National Executive Council.”

”Those things are arm twisting and I told them that they must withdraw them because the issues they are bringing in here are tangential issues.”

”They have nothing to do with this discussion on fixing a new hazard allowance for health professionals and workers.”

“We will have separated them into JOHESU and NMA but that will give us much problem in terms of the implementation of whatever we agree on.”

“So, we are taking them jointly and it is yielding fruits now. The two big bodies have given their final positions. The government has taken their final positions back.”

”We have also allowed them time to see if they can discuss among themselves like they did just before COVID-19 and we came out with COVID-19 allowance.”

“We have given them that time to see if they can meet and harmonise their positions but they are not able to do so.”

“We are adjourning this meeting sine die for the government side to look at those two positions to see whether we can do a middle of the road within our organ, the NSIWC, which by its mandate, is the government organ that fixes salaries, wages, allowances and remuneration.”


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