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FMC Owerri erupts as workers begin 3-day strike

For second time in two weeks, the activities at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Owerri, on Tuesday, were grounded to a halt as workers began a three-day work-to-rule protest demanding from the management of the hospital to withdraw queries issued to their union leaders.
The staff of the hospital, two weeks ago, grounded the activities at the hospital to protest the proposed plan by the management for the Private Public Partnership (PPP) of the hospital.
The demonstrating staff, who were all clad in black attire, carried placards, chanting war songs and marched all the nooks and crannies of the hospital and ended up at the main entrance of the hospital.
Some of the placards read, “We say no to PPP. Pay us our outstanding promotion arrears. We are tired of intimidation in FMC Owerri. Management withdraw query given to our union leaders. Buhari please come to our rescue.”
Daily Times gathered that the management of the hospital queried the leadership of the union for appearing on a radio programme and also to explain reasons why the workers were rejecting the proposed PPP plans.
Addressing journalists, the chairman of the Nigerian Union Allied Health Professionals (NUAP), FMC, Owerri branch, Comrade Clifford Ezeugwu disclosed that management had refused to release their 2013 and 2014 promotion arrears. He claimed that other federal government hospitals had paid their staff except the FMC Owerri, while claiming that federal government had already released the funds for the payment.
Ezeugwu further stated that the union would review the three-day work to rule action of the management if they fail to withdraw the queries issued to the union leaders.
He regretted that the FMC Owerri is one of the highest generating federal government hospitals in the country, yet the management planned to hand it over to private hands to manage at the detriment of the staff.

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