National Hospital Workers continue strike

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The workers said the management of the Nigerian hospital is yet to respond to their demands.

Staff of the National Hospital, Abuja, on Wednesday continued with their three-day warning strike, which commenced on Tuesday.

The workers demand an implementation of the 2010 agreement they had with the federal government on workers welfare and allowances.

More nurses, laboratory scientists, and other staff, partook in Wednesday’s protest than Tuesday’s to comply with the directive from their leaders that they come out to en-masse between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon during the strike to embark on a protest.

A hospital staff who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES lamented that it has been hard

for people outside to believe that such a hospital operating under the presidency operates without conditions or terms of service.

“A lot of people don’t believe it but that’s the fact. For 14 years, National Hospital, Abuja has been functioning without terms of service.

“When you go for training they do what they like with your benefits and you can imagine working all through the year without going on leave, like we are animals and yet we are under the

presidency, Presidency my foot,” the staff, who doesn’t want his name mentioned for fear of victimization, said.

The workers also said that the hospital management is yet to listen to their demands.

The Chairman of the Senior Staff Association of the Hospital, Kilani Jelili, told PREMIUM TIMES that the hospital management has not responded to their demands.

“This is day two of our work through strike and we’ve not got any response from our hospital management. If there’s no response from the management by tomorrow (Thursday),decisions on the best way forward will be taken.

“Meanwhile the protest continues tomorrow, all staff is expected to convene in front of the hospital building and the protest will proceed from there,” Mr. Kilani said.

The hospital management, through its spokesperson, Tayo Haastrup, has said that it is waiting for the report of a committee set up by the federal government to look into the workers’ demands.

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