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No-Work, No-Pay: Buhari `pardons’ medical examiners, orders fee of seized salaries

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President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Minister of Finance, Finances and Nationwide Planning, Zainab Ahmed, to start the salaries of medical examiners, including doctors, that had been seized while enforcing the no-work, no-pay policy.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, confirmed this pattern when he fielded questions from Converse Condo correspondents in Abuja on Thursday.

He talked about the president has since current the authority letter to start the funds of the resident doctors for September and October 2021.

The minister, who earlier met in the abet of closed door with President Buhari on the Presidential Villa, talked about the presidential popularity of the releases of the salaries turned into on compassionate floor and to abet the affected workers to compose better of their respective places of labor.

In step with Mr Ngige, the approval covers individuals of the Joint Effectively being Services and products Union (JOHESU) who went on strike in 2018.

He talked about: “The President graciously current that we pay abet some funds, some wages, which we failed to pay medical examiners.

“First, fragment 43 of the Alternate Disputes Act says that once a worker goes on strike, significantly these on wanted providers and products, the employer can moreover refuse to pay. That’s what they call it the ‘No Work, No Pay Rule’.

“Nonetheless these health sector workers; doctors, pharmacists, nurses and individuals of JOHESU, try and make certain we grasp an equitable ambiance for them to impartial.

“As a predominant step, Mr. President final week directed the Minister of Finance to start the funds of the resident doctors for September and October 2021, which turned into seized in conformity with the laws.

“Within the identical vein, the approval moreover covers individuals of the JOHESU who went on strike in 2018 for 3 months.

“After the most major month, after March, once they couldn’t attain abet, we asked that their pay be suspended. Right here’s in tandem with the ILO principles at work.

“You’ve an correct to strike, nonetheless the employer has an correct to quit your remuneration and if conceivable, disclose it to sustain his venture going by taking unique palms, the place apart conceivable, significantly in wanted providers and products.

“So, that identical cash for 2018 April and Might maybe moreover, Mr President has yet again current that the Finance Minister refunds or re-imburses them on compassionate grounds.

“Right here’s predicated on the grounds that this neighborhood of workers has been exhibiting various dedication and distress to the COVID-19 and that their Hazard Allowance for 2021 had remained what it turned into before.

“So, on compassionate grounds and…we agreed that they has to be getting this cash to sustain their morale high. We’re not yet freed from COVID-19 and the unique mutants, we maintain got to doeverything to sustain the medical examiners here gay.

“Within the identical vein, President Buhari has moreover directed us to cease the discussions on the opposite allowances for the medical examiners in dispute that they can relish it anytime from now.’’

The minister launched that the assembly of Presidential Committee on Salaries and Wages would be convened on December 17 to ratify the unique pay hazard structure for medical examiners.

He disclosed that the president had moreover directed relevant companies to cease the discussions on the opposite allowances for the medical examiners to uplift their typical of residing quality.

The minister talked about efforts ought to be made to make certain industrial harmony in the country to enable all sectors to operate smartly.

ASUU threat
Reacting to the threat by the Academic Workers Union of Universities (ASUU) to renew strike over non-implementation of the 2020 Memorandum of Action (MoA) reached with the union, the minister talked about the union need to ”educate its individuals on the quantum of cash the federal government had already paid to them”.

He maintained that ASUU had no right justification to embark on yet another strike on tale of the federal government had already “made some monumental funds to deal with some of their demands”.

In step with him, the 2009 settlement, which is the opposite dispute that the union has, remains to be on the extent of Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

“On the facet of ASUU, you are going to moreover spy that there’s been some brewing crisis. ASUU and their tell employer, which is the Ministry of Training, there’s a tango and the tango is running spherical the MoA, the Memorandum of Action signed in 2020.

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“Refreshing your minds, they had been on strike final year and so that they had been at home for as regards to nine months and final December, the President magnanimously gave them a blanket clemency and we paid them their cash for the nine months, spanning into January, February of this year.

“We gave them abet as regards to nine months’ pay. After doing that, we moreover gave them a revitalisation fund for N40 billion, early this year, for the revitalisation of the university system.

“Within the MoA, we agreed that they need to gain yet another revitalisation this year and by final July, August. The cash for revitalisation turned into paid to them, for the university system that had been entitled to N30 billion.

“Last week, N22.127 billion turned into moreover launched to the university system for the unions, workers university system to reduction in consonance with the MoA we signed in December 2020.

“The altercation occurring now and for which ASUU is asking their union branches to vote on is that various them don’t know that we maintain got paid this quantum of cash.”

Mr Ngige talked about he moreover briefed President Buhari on bilateral agreements between Nigeria, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar on employment.

In step with the minister, ”Nigeria needs to formalize labour migration policy in dispute that Nigerians in the Center Jap nations will be assured descent work.”

He talked about: “So, we maintain got some rising points which might maybe maybe be both of nationwide and internationalisation significance and native.

“Internationally, we maintain got some bilateral agreements on employment with the Republic of Qatar and with the UAE. That of Qatar is ready for us to signal the bilateral agreements. So, I’ve attain to brief Mr. President on that.

“We resolve on to make disclose of it to formalise labour migration policy, in dispute that Nigerians who are there, about 7,000 of them, in diversified spheres of labor, will be assured of decent work.’’

(NAN)

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