Negotiation Meeting Between FG And Striking Health Workers Ends In Deadlock
Striking health workers have disagreed with the Federal Government over the legality of its ongoing strike, saying the government was notified several times before it agreed to commence on the strike.
The workers, at a meeting with Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige and Health Minister, Issac Adewole, in Abuja, stressed that no law was violated in carrying out their strike.
“We waited patiently for 30 days. We notified the government. After 30 days, we still gave 7 days and that was the final ultimatum,” the union said.
Meanwhile, Labour Minster, Chris Ngige criticised the health workers for not following the provisions of existing labour laws, the union insists that no labour law has been violated by their action.
“Workers that are in Energy, Medicine, and Allied medical professionals and those that their action will cause danger to health are the people that are called essential services. For those who are in essential services, Doctors, pharmacists, nurses, technologists and those who have anything to do with the hospital are on essential service.
“So, when those who are in essential services go on strike, like the doctors did about four weeks ago, and you following suit, it gives us a lot of worry, especially when those strikes are not done according to the labour law,” Ngige said.