Presidency asks striking health workers to report for duty or forfeit pay

President Muhammadu Buhari and Senator Chris Ngige

The Presidency has asked health workers in federal hospitals whose nationwide strike enters the second day, to return to work.

Labour Minister, Senator Chris Ngige, who made the plea, urged the striking health workers to be patriotic in their demands.

Ngige explained that the Presidency had already met most of the demands in the September 30, 2017 agreement it signed to end the health workers strike, including promotion arrears, and salary shortfall.

The minister warned that government will invoke no work-no-pay if the health workers fail to return to work.

He said, “at a period the government is faithfully managing lean resources to ensure industrial harmony in all sectors, a measure of patriotism was expected of all labour unions to enable government have an equable social and very good labour milieu in which workers could be assured of security of employment.

“It is on record that government has met almost all the demands of these unions on issues such as the payment of promotion arrears, salary shortfalls among others as per the agreement reached on September 30, 2017.”

“The Federal Government therefore wishes to appeal to JOHESU to reconsider its position in view of the immeasurable consequences of its action on sick patients in hospitals across the nation,” he said.

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