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Buhari Govt Refuses To Pay Striking Resident Doctors August Salary

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Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Wednesday disclosed that the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has refused to pay their salaries.

Recall that resident doctors had on August 2, 2021 embarked on an indefinite strike.

After making efforts to end the strike, including approaching the National Industrial Court, the federal government was forced to implement the no-work-pay policy.

NARD president, Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, confirmed that the government has carried out its threat of invoking the policy with the withholding of Doctors August salaries.

Speaking to PUNCH, Okhuaihesuyi said none of NARD members in federal institutions had been paid.

He said, “They did not pay, they implemented it (no-work no-pay rule).

“None of our members in federal institutions have received their salaries.

“It is so sad that instead of meeting our demands, the government keeps ignoring the main reason for the strike.”

Recall that  in a letter dated August 26, 2021 and signed by the Director of Hospital Services, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Adebimpe Adebiyi, the federal government had ordered the implementation of the no work, no pay rule.

The letter was titled “Application of Section 43(1) (A) of the Trade Dispute Act, Cap T8, Law of the Federation of Nigeria (LGN) 2004 (no work no pay) partly,” reads:

The ministry is in receipt of the letter from the Ministry of Labour and Employment informing the ministry of the laws governing the ongoing strike by the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors and the need to immediately apply the provisions of the Section 43 (1) (a) of the Trade Dispute Act on ‘special provision with respect to payment of wages during strike and lockouts’ known in labour parlance as no-work-no-pay with effect from Monday, August 2, 2021 when the strike was commenced by NARD members.

“Consequently on the above, I am directed to inform you to commence the implementation of the no-work-no-pay policy on the striking doctors including other workers that may embark on strike consequently.

“This directive is in line with Section 43 (1) (a) of the trade dispute act which inter alia states ‘where any worker takes part in a strike, he shall not be entitled to any wages or remuneration for the period of the strike.

“And any such period shall not account for the purpose of reckoning the period of continuous employment and all rights dependent on continuity of employment shall be prejudicially affected accordingly.

“You are to compute the financial implications of the no-work-no-pay from the salaries of resident doctors and any other health worker that participated in strike using the attached template and forward same to the IPPIS office through the Federal Ministry of Health for implementation.”

George Oshogwe Ogbolu is a Digital Media Strategist | Content Writer | Journalist | New Media Influencer | Proofreader and a Deputy Editor at Naija News.