Buhari Gives Green Light For Payment Of Health Workers Whose Salaries Were Withheld During Strike
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the disbursement of salaries that were suspended when health workers went on strike.
Recall that medical doctors and health workers embarked on a strike to lobby for better working conditions.
According to Ngige, Buhari has asked the ministry of finance, budget, and national planning to pay doctors, nurses, and other health workers for the time they were on strike in 2018 and 2021.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, made the revelation after a meeting with the president at the state house in Abuja.
“Mr. President has approved last week and I have the authority and letter directing the minister of finance to release the funds of the resident doctors for September and October 2021, which was seized in conformity with the law.
“In the same vein, the approval also covers members of the JOHESU who went on strike in 2018 for three months. After the first month, after March when they couldn’t come back, we asked that their pay be suspended. This is in tandem with the ILO principles at work. You have a right to strike, but the employer has a right to stop your remuneration and if possible, use it to keep his enterprise going by taking new hands, where possible, especially in essential services.
“So, that same money for 2018 April and May, Mr. President has again approved that the finance minister refunds or re-imburse, on compassionate grounds, those payments.
“This is predicated on the grounds that this group of workers has been showing a lot of dedication and concern to the COVID pandemic and that their hazard allowance for 2021 had remained what it was before.”