“No Work, No Pay” – FG Warns Striking Resident Doctors

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“No Work, No Pay” – FG Warns Striking Resident Doctors
Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

The Federal Government has threatened to implement the ‘n work, no pay rule’ if the striking resident doctors fail to resume duty.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige during a Channels Television programme on Friday.

Ngige while speaking on measures taken to ensure the doctors return to work said the government would invoke the “no work, no pay” rule next week to compel the striking doctors to call-off the strike.

He said, “By Tuesday, I will invite them back. If they become recalcitrant, there are other things I can do. There are weapons in the Labour Laws; I will invoke them. There is no work, no pay,” Ngige said.

“Their employers have a role also to keep their business afloat, to keep patients alive. They can employ local doctors. We won’t get there, but we will use that stick if we are going to get there.”

Resident doctors had on Thursday commenced an indefinite nationwide strike despite the Nigerian government’s last-minute efforts to stop the action.

The doctors are demanding among other things, the payment of their four-month salaries, and other allowances and demands.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, last week embarked on a medical vacation to London.

This post was written by Obiajulu Joel Nwolu.

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