Monday, 4 January 2016

Osun State Doctors' Salaries Stopped Over Strike

Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, may have ordered the stoppage of salaries of doctors in the state over the strike which started since September 28, last year.

The state government had given the doctors a 7- day ultimatum and threatened to sack all the striking doctors if they failed to resume work on December 25.

Unafraid, the doctors dared the governor and threatened in return to ground the health sector in the state if the governor carried out his threat.

Perhaps to drive his (Rauf) point home, doctors in the state were not paid their salaries for October and November when other workers in the state were paid.

In response to the stoppage of their salaries, President of the Association of Resident Doctors at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Osogbo, Dr. Adeyinka Owolabi, said doctors would not accept half salaries like other workers in the state because their salaries were the least among doctors throughout the country and they were being forced to pay the highest tax.

He added that, they (doctors) can never accept half salaries because "we are not going to give our patients half treatment."

Owolabi, however, stated that the doctors would reconsider their position if the state government could sign an agreement that it was owing doctors half salaries, stating when the balance would be paid.

Meanwhile, the Consultant to the State Government on Information, Mr. Sunday Akere, has said the state government had been making efforts to ensure that the strike was called off and he believed “something better will happen this week.”

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