Doctors in the employ of the Lagos State Government have threatened to embark on an indefinite strike from Monday, March 16th, 2015. In a statement by the Chairman of the Medical Guild, Dr. Biyi Kufo, on Monday, the industrial action was precipitated by the action of the state government, which they accused of withholding their May 2012 as well as August and September 2014 salaries.
It will be recalled that the doctors had embarked on a three-day warning strike in February to protest the non-payment of their wages.
Kufo said, “We are bewildered that the administration ignored all efforts to resolve the matter without a strike, and only invited us to talk when we threatened a strike.
“There has been little in terms of a positive response from the administration since the warning strike was concluded.
“Since resolution was not achieved at the end of this period, members of the Guild should proceed on an indefinite strike from Monday, March 16, 2015.However, emergency services will be provided in all the hospitals during the action.”
The salaries of the doctors were withheld under the ‘no work, no pay’ policy of the state government after it joined its parent body, the Nigeria Medical Association on a nationwide strike last July to protest issues of relativity and other federal appointments in the health sector
The guild accused the state government of operating a discriminatory policy as the salaries of other members of the Joint Health Sectors Unions in the state, who had embarked on strike between November and January, were paid.