Obiora Ifoh, Abuja
The minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige has come under attack for taking sides with members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) over other unions in the health sector in the crisis bedevilling the sector.
Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Friday, the National Chairman of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), Comrade Biobelemoye Josiah, also said that the body has the right to embark on strike and that it is not bothered by the government’s ‘no work no pay’policy announced by the government.
Josiah condemned the government for recognizing NMA and ARD as trade unions while in the real sense they are not.
He said NMA and ARD “behave as Trade Unions and enjoy recognition and patronage of the Federal Ministry of Health and sit with government to negotiate for the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment just because the minister of Labour, who should be an arbiter but chooses to close his eyes to such illegality, is himself a medical Doctor.”
It would be recalled that JOHESU which had embarked on industrial strike on Tuesday has also warned that if within two weeks Government fails to address, it will direct other health workers on states and Local Governments to join the strike action.
“We implore government to make every efforts to make the strike short lived, in the interest of the poor and vulnerable Nigerians and not engage on activities that will further infuriate health workers and and exacerbate an already bad situation.”
For a better society