THE Abuja chapter of the Affiliation of Resident Medical doctors (ARD-FCTA) on Tuesday started an indefinite strike to press dwelling their demand for well timed and enough fee of their wage, amongst different calls for. The strike is coming at a really essential time when the Federal Authorities has simply introduced a 3rd confirmed case of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Lagos State.
The ARD-FCTA is the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) chapter of the Nigerian Affiliation of Resident Medical doctors, comprising medical doctors practising within the 14 districts and basic hospitals, departments of public well being and first well being care improvement boards below the federal capital territory administration (FCTA), excluding the consultants. In a press release, the affiliation President, Roland Aigbovo, mentioned that members had been thrown into critical monetary misery following the non-payment of wage when due.
He mentioned: Our members had been thrown into critical monetary misery following the non-payment of our wage when due. We waited patiently after the top of 2019 and New Yr celebrations, until the third week of February, just for us to obtain a paltry sum as January wage. The cash obtained ranges from one-fifth to one-tenth of our wage, with the exclusion of the newly employed members who haven’t been paid for about 5 to seven months.
Arising from our first quarter peculiar basic assembly held on February 24, a 14-day ultimatum was issued to the FCTA administration to resolve the next points: Cost of the stability skipping areas, fee of first 28 days already accredited by the Honourable Minister of FCT, fee of 2016, 2017 and 2018 promotion arrears, enchancment on the safety state of affairs in our hospitals, and provision and upkeep of kit and infrastructure in our hospitals.
The 14 days ultimatum lapsed on March 6 and a seven-day extension was granted by the congress of our affiliation at an emergency basic assembly with inclusion of the funds of February 2020 wage.”
Aigbovo added: “It’ll curiosity you to know that on March 13, FCTA started the fee of February 2020 wage with no third-party deductions similar to pensions, tax, NHF, affiliation’s dues, cooperative contributions and different possible loans compensation.
Our newly employed members had been paid just one month out of 5 to seven months and the home officers had been paid the 2 months with out the consequential adjustment of the brand new minimal wage and the arrears.
An emergency basic assembly of our affiliation was held yesterday (Monday) and it was agreed that till all our calls for had been met, the indefinite strike motion, which started yesterday (March 16), will proceed. The Affiliation of Resident Medical doctors (ARD) in Gombe State has launched into an indefinite strike over working situations.
The President, Dr. Saidu Alhassan, talking at a information briefing in Gombe, mentioned that the medical doctors proceeded on strike after 11 weeks of inconclusive negotiations with the federal government. He mentioned members are dealing with challenges amongst which is the refusal of the federal government to improve home officers on internship.
Alhassan added: “It was additionally over failure to honour the Federal Authorities round on skipping, resulting in the present mind drain during which greater than 30 medical doctors and two consultants have left the providers of the federal government within the final six months.”
He accused the federal government of failing to “upgrade and promote our members, some of whom are still being paid house officers’ salary despite being medical officers.”
The Home of Representatives has intervened within the indefinite strike launched into by medical doctors within the make use of of the Federal Capital Territory. There have been indications final night time that the medical doctors may droop the motion they embarked upon to protest the non-payment of their salaries.
Particular Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Speaker, Lanre Lasisi, mentioned in a press release that the dispute between the medical doctors and their employers had been resolved following intervention of the Rep Tanko Sununu-led Committee on Well being Providers appearing on the directive of Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila.