Members of Association of Resident Doctors, Federal Capital Territory Administration (ARD-FCTA) have launched into indefinite strike over non-payment of their salaries.
The President of the FCT chapter of the affiliation, Dr Roland Aigbovo, stated at a information convention on Tuesday in Abuja that the strike, which began on Monday, was to press dwelling their demand for pressing fee of their salaries.
He stated that the strike can be noticed by all members of ARD-FCTA which comprised of all docs practising within the 14 districts and normal hospitals, Department of Public Health and Primary Healthcare Development Board below the FCTA, excluding consultants.
He added that “our members had been thrown into critical monetary misery following non-payment of our salaries when due and we waited patiently after the tip of yr 2019 and new yr 2020 celebrations until third week of February, just for us to obtain a paltry sum of cash as January wage.
“The money received ranged from one-fifth to one-tenth of our salary with the exclusion of the newly employed members who have not been paid for about five to seven months.”
Aigbovo stated that arising from the affiliation’s First Quarter Ordinary General Meeting held on Feb. 24, a 14-day ultimatum was issued to the FCTA administration on the calls for.
These, in keeping with him, embody fee of the stability skipping arrears, fee of first 28 days already accepted by the FCT minister, in addition to the fee of 2016, 2017 and 2018 promotion arrears.
Other points embody the advance on safety scenario in hospitals, in addition to the supply and upkeep of apparatus and infrastructure within the numerous hospitals within the territory.
Aigbovo stated that when the 14-day ultimatum lapsed on March 6, a seven-day extension was additionally granted by the Congress of the affiliation at an Emergency General Meeting (EGM) with the inclusion of the fee of February 2020 wage.
“It will curiosity you to know that on Friday, March 13, FCTA began fee of February 2020 wage with no third-party deductions like pension, tax, NHF, affiliation dues, cooperative contributions and others like loans reimbursement.
“Our newly employed members had been paid just one month out of 5 to seven months and home officers had been paid two months with out the consequential adjustment of the brand new minimal wage and the arrears.
“An emergency general meeting of our association held yesterday (Monday) and it was unanimously agreed that until all our demands are met, the indefinite strike, which commenced on March 16 will continue.”
He appealed to the Minister of FCT, Malam Muhammad Bello, to look into the affiliation’s calls for with a view to resolving them as quickly as doable.