Following the resident doctors five-day warning strike which started yesterday, the Federal Government has warned members of the association to shelve their plan, describing it as “illegal”.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, gave the warning on Tuesday in Abuja, shortly after receiving a letter of notification from the NARD executive on the planned strike.
Ngige said this in a statement signed by Mr Olajide Oshundun, Director, Press and Public Relations in the ministry why the planned strike as illegal.
He said the Minister of Health, has been contacted, who informed him that a meeting has been scheduled with the resident doctors on Wednesday.
He therefore advised the doctors to avail themselves of the opportunity for social dialogue with their employer, rather than embark on a warning strike, which is unknown to the law.
The association is demanding increment in the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure to the tune of 200 percent of the current gross salary of doctors; new allowances included in its letter to the Minister of Health on July 7, 2022, on the review of CONMESS; payment of the 2023 Medical Residency Training Fund; payment of salary arrears, consequential adjustment of the minimum wage, among others.