Government enforces ‘no work no pay’ policy at LUTH
• Withholds salaries of 500 nurses, 20 doctors
• Associations threaten shutdown of hospital
Implementation of the Federal Government’s ‘no work no pay’ policy is in effect at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba, Lagos.The Guardian gathered that over 500 nurses have forfeited five weeks salaries and about 20 doctors, two weeks salaries, following their participation in an industrial action.
The nurses, under the aegis of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), LUTH chapter, have been on strike for seven weeks, protesting non-promotion of 71 members and poor conditions of service. The doctors belong to the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD).
The Guardian learnt that money was not deducted from the salaries of nurses and resident doctors on annual leave during the strike. Nurses and doctors who confirmed the development preferred anonymity. They, however, said the associations have met and have decided to shut down the hospital, this week, with a fresh round of industrial action.
The nurses suspended their 52-day-old strike Tuesday, August 3, 2016. The management of LUTH, led by Chief Medical Doctor (CMD), Prof. Chris Bode, had warned before and during the action that they could lose their salaries to the ‘no work no pay’ rule.The Guardian noted that the policy, by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, is in effect in all government institutions.
The nurses on June 10, 2016, began an indefinite strike protesting, among other things, lack of promotion for members and non-payment of salary arrears.The Guardian learnt that the nurses agreed to suspend the strike following assurances that their demands would be met. Some of the demands have already been resolved by the management.