Doctors to embark on 3rd strike in nine months
The National Association of Resident Doctors has asked its members to prepare for an indefinite nationwide strike from March 31, 2021.
The PUNCH reports that this will be the third nationwide strike by doctors in just nine months.
NARD is the largest union of doctors in the public sector and its members have been on the frontline of the COVID-19 response.
The union had embarked on strike in June and September 2020 due to unpaid allowances and poor working conditions.
In a new internal memo dated March 18, 2021, titled, ‘Impending Strike Action’ which was jointly signed by the President of NARD, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi and Secretary-General, Dr. Jerry Isogun, doctors were asked to prepare financially and mentally for the industrial action.
The strike, according to the notice, is based on the failure of the government to implement certain agreements.
The memo with reference number, NARD/SG/2020-2021/180321/376 stated that the strike would be total and indefinite.
It read in part, “Recall that at our last ENEC, it was resolved that a two-week timeline for the government to expedite actions on issues brought to it. You would also recall that the January NEC gave an ultimatum that will elapse on March 31, 2021, for all pending issues to be addressed.
“In the light of the above, we ask that all members should be sensitised and encouraged to prepare to prepare mentally, socially and financially for a strike action that will commence on March 31 indefinitely.”