The University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) yesterday began an indefinite strike.
The association is protesting the alleged non-payment of three years arrears of their uniform allowance, four years arrears of training allowance and other allowances, promotions and the general conditions of the hospital, among others.
UCTH’s NANNM Chairman, Sylvester Ugor, said the association started the strike, following what he called the futile attempts to make the management address its demands, especially the payment of uniform allowance.
Members of the union, last week, gave the hospital management a seven-day ultimatum and, since Thursday, have been wearing mufti to work to protest the non-payment of their uniform allowance.
Ugor, whose executive council took over in March, said several negotiations with the hospital management had failed to yield any result.
The chairman said the association would continue the strike until the management settled the debts or made “reasonable commitment”.
Authorities of the UCTH refused to comment on the matter.
Meanwhile, this strike has a high probability of going national because, just last week the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANSM) told their members to prepare for a strike over similar demands.
We can only hope this issue is resolved before it degenerates further.