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Doctors, pharmacists, other health workers to join indefinite labour strike

The Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals, NUAHP, has called on its members to cooperate with the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, on the proposed October 3 industrial action.

NUAHP called on pharmacists, physiotherapists, medical laboratory scientists, imaging scientists/radiographers, medical social workers, optometrists, clinical phycologists, orthotics/prosthetics, speech therapists, medical physicists, ECG/EEG specialists, dental technologists, occupational therapists, health information management practitioners, dental therapists, dieticians and other related health professionals to join the indefinite strike.

The letter, dated September 28, 2023, was directed to its NEC members, NAC members, zonal coordinators, chairmen and secretaries of unit branches, presidents and general secretaries of professional associations and signed by its General Secretary, Comrade Martin A. Egbanubi.

“I have the directive of the President, Comrade (Pharm.) Kamal Alhassan Ibrahim to inform you that the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) at an emergency National Executive Council virtual meeting held on Tuesday, 26h September, 2023 passed a resolution to join the Nigeria Labour Congress to declare an indefinite strike action commencing from 00 hours on Tuesday, 3rd October, 2023,” the letter reads.

“The joint press conference addressed by the National Leadership of both the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria on the same day made public the two centres NEC resolution on the indefinite strike action.

“Thus, the action is inevitable if the Federal Government fails upon the expiration of the notice of strike ultimatum by mid-night Monday, 2nd October, 2023 to make a pronouncement on palliatives and other policy actions to ameliorate the economic hardship imposed on the workers and masses by the removal of fuel subsidy.”

Similarly, the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, COEASU, has announced its readiness to be part of the proposed October 3 nationwide industrial action called by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Union Congress, TUC.

This was contained in a letter dated 27th September, 2023, and sent out by its chapter chairmen.

The notice of indefinite nationwide strike from the National Secretariat, was signed by Dr. Ahmed Bazza Lawan, General Secretary.

“The leadership of the union was in attendance at the emergency NLC NEC meeting of Tuesday, 26th September 2023,” it said.

“The meeting which was attended by NLC affiliates discussed the failure of governnent to meet the demands of the labour union in the face of current economic reality.

“It is in the light of the foregoing that all affiliates in attendance unanimously agreed to commence an indefinite strike action on the 3rd October, 2023.

“All chapters are hereby directed by this notice to comply accordingly.”

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