The Federal Government has threatened striking doctors that their salaries may be stopped if they do not resume work.
Dr. Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, while speaking on Channels TV Politics Today, said that the FG is empowered by labour law to stop paying salaries of striking workers.
Doctors had on Thursday commenced an indefinite strike. They are demanding payments of salaries and upward review of their N5,000 hazard allowance.
“Immediately after the holiday, I will talk to them again. I have told the medical council and accountant general what to do to make sure. Only 23 institutions are involved, not all institutions. I want to know what they (medical council and accountant general) have done by Tuesday.
“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.
“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 if we are going to get there, we will use that stick.”
Speaking about the N5,000 hazard allowance, the Minister said;
“It is the last NMA President Faduyile that called my attention that the hazard (allowance) was ₦5,000. I raised it with the Finance Minister and the Vice President in the Economic Sustainability Meeting.
“The new hazard allowance will be done in the next five weeks. It is in the Memorandum of Action that we signed. Immediately after the Easter break, I will convene a meeting to look at it holistically.”
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