Ondo Doctors Begin Indefinite Strike Over Unpaid Salaries

Ondo doctors raising their fists during a meeting announcing the commencement of indefinite strike in the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital (UNIMED), Ondo.

 

Doctors under the auspices of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital (UNIMEDTH), Ondo, chapter, on Monday, commenced an indefinite strike.

The doctors are downing their tooling to demand payment of their dues including four-month salary arrears from the state government.

Other complaints by the striking doctors include a shortage of doctors, non-payment of COVID-19 allowance as well as non-availability of residence.

READ ALSO: Strike: Govt’s Negligence Brought Us Where We Are Today – PENGASSAN

The Acting President of the National Association of Resident Doctors, UNIMEDTH Ondo, Sanni Oriyomi, told Channels Television that his members could no longer work without being paid.

They insist that the doctors will not return to work until part of their salaries are paid and identity cards issued to their members.

JOHESU Declares Nationwide Strike

A team of Doctors carrying out surgery on a patient

 

The Joint Health Workers Union (JOHESU) has asked its members to withdraw their services and embark on a nationwide strike starting from midnight on Sunday, September 13, 2020.

This decision was reached after the National Executive Council (NEC) of the union held a meeting on Saturday.

The Union in a statement on Sunday said it gave the Federal Government one week to address all lingering issues and nothing concrete had been achieved.

The health workers are asking the Federal Government to address the failures and decaying infrastructure in the health sector and pay the shortfall in COVID-19 hazard allowances for their members.

The Union is also seeking the adjustment of the Consolidated Health Salary Structure, implementation of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria consent judgment and other court judgments, and pay all outstanding salary arrears.

Read Full Statement Below:

JOINT HEALTH SECTOR UNIONS &

ASSEMBLY OF HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS

Ayuba Wabba House, Plot 803, Cadastral Zone, Bo2 Durumi District, Area 1 Garkl-Abuja

Email:[email protected] Tel: 08034029560, 08033556014

HO/JOHESU/ADM/FMoH/VOL.I/58

12h September 2020

The Honourable Minister

Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment

Federal Secretariat Complex

Abuja

Dear Sir,

RE: NOTICE OF 15-DAY ULTIMATUM/OUTCOME OF JOHESU

EXPANDED NEC MEETING

You would recall that at the end of the meeting held in your office on

Thursday, 10″ September 2020, JOHESU demanded that the outcome of the meeting between JOHESU and the Federal Government be reported back to our expanded NEC meeting and give feedback to the Federal government within 48 hours.

In light of the above, the meeting of our expanded NEC was held today, Saturday, 12″ September 2020. And at the end of the meeting, which was held both physically and virtually, it was unanimously agreed that since nothing concrete was achieved at the said meeting with the Federal Government, that the strike notice is still germane and alive.

Therefore, the 15-day ultimatum still subsists and with effect from midnight of Sunday, 13th September 2020, our members shall withdraw their services due to the Federal Government’s inability to meet their demands.

Kindly accept the assurances of our high esteem.

Signed:

Com. Biobelemoye Joy Josiah,

President

Medical & Health Workers’

Union of Nigeria (MHWUN)

Com. (Dr.) Silas 6. Adamu

Secretary-General

Medical & Health Workers’

Union of Nigeria (MHWUN)

Com. A. A. Adenij mn

President,

National Association of Nigeria

Nurses and Midwives (NANNM)

Com A. A. Shettima

General Secretary

National Association of Nigeria

Nurses and Midwives (NANNM)

Com. (Dr)A. B. Akintola

President,

Senior Staff Association of Universities Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes

And Associated Institutions (55AUTHRIAI)

Com. (Dr.) Ezekiel Popoola

General 5ecretary

Senior Staff Association of Universities Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes

And Associated Institutions (5SAUTHRIAI)

Com. Martin Egbanubi

General Secretary

Nigerian Union of Allied

Health Professionals (NUAHI

Com. (Dr.) 0.. Ogbonna

President

Nigerian Union of Alied

Health Professionals NUAtP)

Com. Hassan Makolo

National President,

Non-Academic Staff Union of

Educational & Associated

Institutions (NASU)

Com. P. A. Adeyem

General Secretary

Non-Academic Staff Union of

Educational & Associated

Institutions (NASU)

Minimum Wage: Labour Threatens To Strike Again

Labour leaders have again threatened to embark on an indefinite nationwide strike if the Federal Government fails to transmit the new minimum wage structure to the National Assembly on or before December 31, 2018.

The leaders who met in Lagos on Thursday said they will not be part of the planned High-Powered Technical Committee as announced by President Muhammadu Buhari during the 2019 budget presentation.

They insisted that all discussions have ended on the new minimum wage as the labour union has since taken a stand.

President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Ayuba Wabba

This comes just a day after President Muhammadu Buhari told the National Assembly that he will send a bill on the implementation of the new minimum wage, soon.

Read Also: FG Set To Send Minimum Wage Bill To National Assembly

He said this while presenting the 2019 Budget proposal before the joint session of the National Assembly on Wednesday.

The President said: “We have included the implementation for the National Minimum Wage. I will be sending a Bill to this National Assembly, on this.”

He added that he had directed the setting up of a technical committee to look at the mode of implementation.

Nigeria Labour Congress Calls Off Strike

 

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called off its nationwide strike.

This announcement was made on Sunday by the NLC President Ayuba Wabba.

He said the strike is being called off as a result of the firm and formal assurance of the Federal Government to reconvene the tripartite committee on the new minimum wage.

The  Labour Congress had commenced the nationwide strike on Thursday, September 27.

The NLC President said the industrial action was due to the refusal of the Federal Government to reconvene the meeting of the tripartite committee to enable it to conclude its work on the new national minimum wage.

Minimum Wage: Workers Commence Nationwide Strike

 

The Nigeria Labour Congress has directed all its members and affiliate unions to commence a nationwide strike on Thursday.

The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, said the industrial action would commence due to the refusal of the Federal Government to reconvene the meeting of the tripartite committee to enable it to conclude its work on the new national minimum wage.

In Kwara State, civil servants have fully complied with the directive and most of the government establishments are under lock and key.

The state chairman of the Trade Union Congress, Kola Olumoh, appealed to the President to accede to the demands of the labour leaders to prevent a total breakdown of the economy.

Also, in Lagos, Oyo and Niger States, workers have complied with the directive.

In Abuja, public schools are also enforcing the directive, as students were being sent back home from the Government College Garki.

 

 

The organised labour had issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Federal Government on September 13, to allow the committee to conclude its work.

According to the Labour leaders, the committee commenced work in March 2018 with timelines to deliver on its mandate by August/ September 2018.

They, however, accused the Minister of Labour and Employment, Mr Chris Ngige of delaying the process of arriving at a new minimum wage which workers had been expecting since 2016.

PENGASSAN Suspends Nationwide Strike

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has suspended its planned nationwide strike.

The decision to suspend the strike which was planned to commence 11:59 pm today (Monday) followed the intervention of the Director of State Security Service, the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu.

PENGASSAN giving reasons for the strike had earlier alleged anti-labour practices against some of its members by some indigenous oil companies.

The management of Neconde Energy Limited after the negotiation with the DSS, the Federal Government represented by the Minister of Labour and Minister of State for Petroleum offered a letter of recall to the sacked employees of the company.

Neconde Energy Limited was represented by its Medical Director and legal consultants. The management also agreed to allow the union to exist in the company.

PENGASSAN National PRO, Fortune Obi who disclosed the decision of the association to suspend the strike to Channels Television on Monday, added that the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, therefore, agreed to endeavor to resolve anti-union posture by other indigenous companies and marginal field operators while a meeting was fixed for the second week of January 2018 to look at the issues.

United Labour Congress Suspends Strike

The United Labour Congress (ULC) has suspended its industrial strike action which was embarked on recently.

President of the union, Joe Ajaero made this announcement after a meeting between the Labour Minister, Chris Ngige and the workers of the union in Abuja, on Wednesday.

The Labour Minister had last week threatened to sanction members of the ULC if they proceed on the strike claiming that ULC is not a registered labour movement.

However, the Minister made a u-turn, regarding his earlier stance on the strike action embarked upon by ULC and commenced negotiations with the striking workers.

READ ALSO: Strike: Labour Minister Meets With ULC

The union embarked on the strike after making several demands including the failure of the government to register the union, failure to address Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) issues, deplorable state of Nigerian roads, minimum wage increase, among other de mands.

The affiliated unions of ULC include (NUPENG), Electricity Workers, Nigerian Union of Mine Workers, National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions employees, Association of Nigerian Aviation professionals, among others.

Ajaero said the union decided to suspend the strike after the closed-door meeting with the Minister of Labour, Ngige.

The meeting was part of steps by government to resolve issues that led to the strike, which began on September 15.

The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, said the union and the Federal Government would resume negotiations on September 26.

Resident Doctors In Benue Join Nationwide Strike

Resident DoctorsResident doctors at the Federal Medical Centre in Makurdi, the Benue State capital have withdrawn their services in compliance with the directive by all state chapters of the association to join the nationwide strike.

The Head of Clinical Services at the hospital, Dr Paulinus Abu, disclosed this to Channels Television crew who were on ground to monitor the compliance with the directive issued by the national body.

Dr. Paulinus, however, says the hospital would continue to offer the services it can to members of the public pending when the strike is called off.

Research institutes vow not to call off strike

As the strike embarked upon by the Joint Research and Allied Institutions Sector Unions (JORAISU) enters the third day, the union maintains that they will not resume work unless the federal government implements its January 2011 agreement with the Union.

JORAISU claims the federal government has remained insensitive to its demands and forced the union to embark on an indefinite strike.

The Chairman of the Union, Comrade Akin Ogunbosoye while briefing journalists at the Forestry Research institute of Nigeria (FRIN) in Ibadan said the federal government isolated workers of Research and Allied Institutions with the refusal to pay the one year arrears of salary difference between the old salary scale and the newly negotiated scale of 53.7% increment.

JORAISU further declared that it wants the immediate withdrawal of the circular on non-skipping of grades, establishment of National Research Commission and the termination of second term appointment given to Professor Solomon Badejo as the head of FRIN among other demands.

In a letter jointly signed by representatives of NASU, SSAUTHRAI and ASURI, the unions made nine major demands which includes the immediate payment of one year arrears of 53.7 per cent difference between the old and new salary scales.

They also demanded for the conclusion of the review of conditions of service, implementation of 65 and 70yrs retirement age for non-academic and academic staff respectively.

According to JORAISU, series of meetings have been deadlocked on resolving critical issues contained in their demand.

A meeting has however been scheduled for Friday by federal government for discussions on JORAISU’s demands.

 

Research institutes begin nationwide strike today

Labour Unions in research and allied institutions across the country have commenced a nationwide strike from today (Monday) over an alleged failure of the Federal Government to implement an agreement it made with them since 2009.

The workers under the aegis of the Joint Research and Allied Institutions Sector Unions (JORAISU) said in a statement that the strike would be “indefinite and total.”

JORAISU comprises of the Academic Staff Union of Research Institutions, Academic Staff Union of College of Agriculture, Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions and the Senior Staff Union of Research, Development and Associated Institutions of Nigeria.

The unions said a letter had been written to the Inspector-General of Police to inform him of their plan to picket the affected institutions in protest, “so that the management of the various institutions will not instigate law enforcement agents against them” they warned.

A copy of the letter to the Inspector General of Police, dated August 8, 2012, which was made available to journalists, stated that the picketing was “in line with the Trade Unions Act, CAP T 14a Part V.

JORAISU demands include the backdated implementation of CONRAISS effective from July 1, 2009 and the withdrawal of the circular on non-skipping and retirement age of 65 years.

The union also demanded other peculiar allowances and funding for the research institutes.