• May 11, 2021

We Will Continue Strike, Despite Govt’s ‘No Work, No Pay’ Threat – NARD

By Lilian Ogbonna (AGENDAWATCHOG) – The threat by the federal government to invoke the ‘no work no pay rule’, if the ongoing strike action by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) continues, has been ignored by the union which has insisted on continuing with its strike.

Following a meeting between NARD officials and the federal government, which ended in a deadlock, on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, Osagie Ehanire, the Health Minister, had ordered all medical directors in all public hospitals across the country to open attendance registers from Wednesday, a directive that was immediately put into effect by the management of Lagos State Teaching Hospital, which via a circular, issued to all heads of clinical departments and resident doctors on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, disclosed that it would apply appropriately, the ‘no work, no pay rule’ of the federal government.

Responding to the directive, Aliyu Sokomba, the NARD president, described the government’s threat as “empty and the biggest joke of the century”, threatening that the doctors would continue with the strike until their demands were met, despite the threat of sanctions by the government.

The doctors, who are in the frontlines of the country’s ongoing war on the COVID-19 Pandemic, which has infected close to 18, 000 persons and caused over 400 deaths in the country, had downed tools in protest against unpaid salaries, non-payment of hazard allowance, and a dearth of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in hospitals, among sundry other reasons .

Agenda Watchdog

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