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UITH orders workers back to work or face ‘No Work No Pay’ sanctions

The management of University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) Ilorin has said that the members of the hospital’s chapter of
Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) for negating the rules of Industrial Relations over their on going five days warning strike,
which today entered its second day.

Besides, the management threatened prompt invocation of ‘No Work No Pay’ extant directives of the Federal Ministry of Health on the
striking doctors if they failed to call off the strike.

According to the management after its emergency meeting yesterday following the commencement of the strike, the doctors in their letter dated August 1st 2017 had premised the declaration of the strike on the decision reached at its emergency meeting of 31st July 2017, thereby depriving the management of adequate statutory period required in serving notices before the declaration of any form of Industrial Disputes.

The UITH management said the commencement of the strike on August the 2nd, barely 24 hours after serving the notice, remained a malicious action and a deliberate step aimed at shunning duties.

For the management therefore , it wishes to “register its displeasure of the short notice of this current strike which gave no window of
engagement and to remind the association of the ‘No Work No Pay’ directive of the Federal Ministry of Health.

“Management however remains open to negotiations aimed at stopping the present strike and preventing a recurrence of same. ”

The local ARD through its Chairman Dr Kolawole Ige had alleged as the strongest reason for the declaration of the strike, non payment of certain emoluments of his members without tangible reasons by the management.

But according to the Head Corporate Affairs Unit of the hospital Mrs Olufunmilayo Omojasola, “management of UITH has always paid all
resident doctors in its employment complete salaries as at when due except on a few occasions when funds were remitted late. Management
did not renege on any promise as alleged as there was no reason for that.

“Management has continued to pay a palliative allowance as agreed on previous negotiations with the association concerning skipping
allowances just as the management is open to discussion concerning payment of pension deductions to PFAs in line with extant rules and
regulations ”

The hospital’s management while disclosing on going discussions with the union on entry level of House Officers, said it was committed to the implementation of adjustments “after a proper directive from Salary and Wages Commission.”

However investigations have showed that despite the on going industrial disharmony, normal activities remained unabated at the
hospital as consultants have firmly taken over the duties of the striking doctors attending directly to all the patients.

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