Resident Doctors Reaches Agreement With FG, Set To Call Off Strike

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The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has reached an agreement with the Federal Government and is set to call off its ongoing strike on Thursday.

The resolution was made at conciliation meeting held at the instance of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, on Wednesday.

An agreement signed by both parties after the meeting read: “In view of these Understandings, NARD will consult with her Executive Council within the next 24hrs with a view to calling off the strike by tomorrow, September 10, 2020.

“Nobody will be victimised for any activity connected with or for participating in the industrial action.”

“Discussions for review of a Permanent Hazard Allowance for all Health Workers will commence as soon as possible after consultations by the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment with all Stakeholders in the Health Sector. Based on the principles of ability to pay, this will cover all Health Workers in a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Meeting will be convened as soon as possible in that regard.”

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Subsequently, NARD is expected to call its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, on Thursday, after which the strike would be called off.

The meeting noted that the Federal Government had earlier addressed most of the original eight (8) demands made by the resident doctors and the remaining two (2) were in different stages of being resolved.

The meeting had in attendance the leadership of NARD, the leadership of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), the Federal Ministries of Health; Finance; Budget and National Planning; the Office of Accountant General of the Federation; the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, and the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

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