By Sola Ogundipe
The Federal government has vowed to adopt a No Work, No Pay policy as a means of checkmating incessant strike actions in the Health Sector.
In a circular dated 15th March, 2016 with reference number MH/HRM/138/1/58, addressed to the Chief Executive Officers of University Teaching Hospitals, Federal Medical Centres and other Tertiary Health Institutions under the Federal Ministry of Health, the Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole said incessant labour disputes have been ravaging the health sector despite effors by government to revive the system.
In the circular signed by the Director Human Resources, Mr Danjuma Kurau, Adewole called on health professionals to desist from incessant industrial action which has now become a usual occurrence in the health sector, adding that labour disputes are better resolved through dialogue rather than strike and violence.
“Health sector is one of the essential services that are prohibited by law from embarking on strike action. However the Federal Ministry of Health has been subjected to so much ridicule and embarrassment as a result of frequent strikes by the different professionals that make up its workforce”, he remarked.
The Minister warned that henceforth, any staff that chooses the path of strike in enforcing his/her demand should not be paid salaries and allowances within the period of strike.
“In order to revert to path of decency and discourage impunity, all Chief Executive Officers of agencies and hospitals under the supervision of the Ministry are to strictly, enforce the No Work No Pay Policy as contained in section 43 of the Trade Disputes Act, CAP T8, law of the Federation of Nigeria”, Adewole added.
However, he assured all health workers and other related services that their welfare would be adequately and responsibly catered for by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.