Friday, 12 February 2016

OAUTH Doctors To Embark on Solidarity Strike

In a show of solidarity with their colleagues who have been suffering for several months from Osun state's government half-salary policy, doctors from Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH) and in the state's local government councils have decided to embark on a three-day strike starting Wednesday, next week.

The strike was announced in a communique signed by the Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association in Osun State, Dr. Suraj Ogunyemi and Secretary, Dr. Adeola Ajibare.

The communique read, "Arising from the emergency general meeting to deliberate on the issues of unpaid salaries and other issues pertaining to the welfare of doctors and their work environment, the following resolutions were made:

That a peaceful  protest rally would be staged from OSAMDO House to the Osun State House of Assembly on Tuesday February 16, 2016 by 9:00am.

That local government doctors working with Osun State, residents and consultants working with Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile Ife will join the ongoing industrial action from 00:00 hour Wednesday February 17, 2016 till Friday 19, 2016.”

It is saddening to note that even though doctors at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital (LAUTECH), Osogbo have been on strike since September 28, 2015 over payment of half salaries by the state government, Governor Aregbesola is busy constructing an "unnecessary"airport ---A case of  putting the cart before the horse!

Meanwhile, I'm singing singing "solidarity forever!"

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