The Federal Government has express shock and disappointment with the leadership of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) as it embarks on an indefinite strike to press home their demands for better pay despite the signing of a memorandum of terms of settlement with the Government.
In a statement by the spokesman, Ministry of Labour and Employmen,t Samuel Olowookere, said having reached a Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Federal Government, it came as a disappointment for the leadership to take a sudden u-turn to embark on the strike.
He also added that in exercise of the powers conferred on the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, by the Trade Dispute Act 2004, he has apprehended the strike. Consequently, the meeting between the Federal Government and the National Association of Resident Doctors earlier slated for November 2 would be held on September 6, 2017.
The Doctors are agitating against what they describe as the government’s failure to pay salary shortfall of 2016 and January to May 2017; rectify the salary shortfall of August 2017; circularize House officers’ entry point; correct the stagnation of promotion of members and properly place them on their appropriate grade level; enroll and capture her members on the integrated personnel payment information system (IPPIS) and budget, deduct and remit both the employer’s and employees’ pension contribution to our retirement savings account since 2013.
Part 1, Section 5 of the Trade Dispute Act 2004 says
(1) Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this Act, where a trade dispute is apprehended by the Minster he may in writing inform the parties or their representative of his apprehension and of the steps he proposes to take for the purpose of resolving the dispute.
(2) Such steps as the Minister may, pursuant to this section, take may include –
(a) the appointment of a conciliator under section 8 of this Act; or
(b) a reference of the dispute or any matter relating thereto for settlement to the Industrial Arbitration Panel under section 9 of this Act; or
(c) a reference of the dispute to a board of inquiry under section 33 of this Act.