• April 17, 2021

Amid COVID-19, Healthcare Workers In Kaduna State Commence Seven Days Warning Strike


Franca Joseph (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Despite several threats by the Kaduna State Government meant to restrain health workers in the state from downing tools in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, following grievances expressed by health workers in the state concerning their poor conditions of service, the Kaduna State Healthcare Workers Unions and Associations have started a 7-days warning strike which will run from 12 noon, Friday, May 22, 2020.

The 7-days strike action commenced following the issuance of a communiqué signed by Dr Danjuma Sule, Dr Emmanuel Joseph, Dr Sayyid Egbunu Muhammed, Mr Ibrahim Abashe, Pharm. Bagu Great David, Ibrahim Lawal Suleiman, Ayuba Magaji, Nurse Ishaku Yakubu, Dr Stephen Kachi Akau, Dr Jinad Jibril Olawale, Lawal T. B., Enock I. Dodo, William Anthony and Sa’adatu Abdulwahab from MDCAN BDTH, ARD, Kaduna, ARD BDTH, National Association of Pharmaceutical Technologists Nigeria, AHAPN, Kaduna branch, Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, Kaduna state chapter, NANNM, Kaduna state council, NMA, Kaduna state chapter, Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy, Kaduna state chapter, AMLSN, Kaduna branch, Environmental Health Officers Association of Nigeria, NANNM BDTH and AHAPN BDTH respectively at the end the joint meeting of Kaduna State Healthcare Workers Unions and Associations, which was called to review the response of the Kaduna state government to their earlier communication and notice of a 7-days warning strike.

Grievances expressed by the health workers are that: the state government deducted 25% of the salaries from about 11,000 of its members in the midst of COVID 19 (April and May), an action that was said to have violated section 5 of the Labour Act; that the state government has been unappreciative of the efforts and sacrifices of health workers to the war on COVID-19 in the state; that the challenges of health workers in the state were being under-reported; that most of the health workers infected with COVID-19 had not been paid the promised N100,000 daily for 10 days; coupled with other grievances which informed their decision to embark on the strike action.


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