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No work, no pay, striking Sokoto workers told

The workers in the three health related unions have been on strike for three days over the non-payment of their allowances by government. They are…

The workers in the three health related unions have been on strike for three days over the non-payment of their allowances by government.

They are members of the state chapters of National Association of Resident Doctors, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives as well as other supporting staff.

The Head of Service, Alhaji Abdullahi Wali, told a news conference in Sokoto that the “no work, no pay’’ policy was being invoked as a last resort.

He vowed that the striking workers would be treated in line with the conditions of their employment.

Wali noted with regret that some of the workers blocked the entrances to public hospitals, while others hid patients’  files, to prevent any form of assistance to patients.

He dismissed allegations by the workers that government was contemplating slashing their salaries.

Wali said the unions and the government had agreed that payment for shift and call duty allowances would start from June, and vowed that they would only be paid to those who performed such duties.

He described the strike as “inhuman and unethical,’’ saying “government will not condone this act of irresponsibility’’.

He said government would be firm in its decision, and assured the  people of government’s determination to provide qualitative and affordable healthcare services.