Health workers begin strike over alleged corruption, unpaid salaries

•Labour to shut down Rivers over alleged anti-workers policies
Allied health workers across the country on Monday began a nationwide strike over alleged corruption in the Federal Ministry of Health.

The National President of the Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals, Dr. Ogbonna Obinna Chimela, announced the strike at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State.

He told journalists that the health ministry had failed to implement the joint agreement it reached with them in 2009.

The allied workers involved are physiotherapists, dieticians, medical laboratory scientists, radiographers, optometrists, pharmacists, dental therapists, medical physicists, clinical psychologists and dental technologists.

He explained that the strike was ordered after the 30-day ultimatum given to the Federal Government to honour the agreement had expired.

Also, workers at the National Orthopedic Hospital, Lagos (NOHIL) yesterday, embarked on a seven-day warning strike over alleged unpaid salaries, arrears and stagnation.

The joint action committee involving the Medical and Health Workers Union, National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Mid-wife, National Union of Allied Health Professionals and Senior Staff Association of Tertiary and Research Institution accused the hospital’s management of dishonesty to its workers.

However, the Medical Director, Dr. Olurotimi Odunubi, appealed to them to be patient, as the hospital’s management had informed the Federal Ministry of Finance about the issue.

Besides, the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) yesterday threatened to shut down Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital and other major cities in the state over what they described as anti-workers policies.

Secretary-General of ASCSN, Alade Bashir Lawal, said effort by trade unions to resolve the matters with the state government, had been rebuffed.



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