Lagos government fires all striking doctors

Channels Television  
Updated May 7, 2012

The Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, has ordered the sacking of all the striking doctors in its employ, following the refusal of the doctors to end their indefinite strike.

The doctors embarked on the indefinite strike on April 24, demanding that the Lagos State Government implement the Consolidated Medical Salary Scale, CONMESS, for all the doctors in the state.

CONMESS is the universal scale of remuneration for all doctors in Nigeria, put in place to curb brain drain and correct wage disparity. However, the four-year labour battle between the state government and doctors in its employ took a new dimension on April 24 when all the doctors that participated in the three-day warning strike between April 11 and 13 faced the Personnel Management Committee constituted by the state government.

Prior to the sack action embarked upon by the Lagos state government, the Chairman, Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, Lagos State Chapter, Dr. Adebowale Adekoya said, “If they want to sack, then we say sack over 1,100 doctors that participated. An injury to one is an injury to all. Sack all of us. The doctors’ strike is not the first in Nigeria and none of those unions has been sacked. So we are waiting for Lagos State to make history. We are workers not slaves.”

Fashola has made that history today by sacking all the doctors, most of whom have gotten their sack letters as at this afternoon.
The doctors will be holding a press conference to decide their next line of action.