Strike: Ngige Reveals FG Concerns About The Resident Doctors Talks
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, on Sunday said the Nigerian Government is yet to reopen talks with Nigerian Resident Doctors but will soon engage the leadership of the striking National Association of Resident Doctors in a fresh talk with a view to ending the ongoing strike.
He said the purpose of the fresh talk would be for the striking resident doctors to explain to the government team the aspects of the memorandum of action they signed on Thursday which they did not agree with.
Ngige Reveals FG Yet To Reopen Talks With Resident Doctors
Ngige spoke in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Sunday.
Recall that the NARD, an association of doctors undergoing residency training, had on Thursday commenced what it called “a total and indefinite strike” despite government’s last-minute efforts to stop the action.
Shortly before the strike started, the leadership had signed a memorandum of action with the Federal Government team, which made Ngige to describe the strike as being in bad faith.
He had threatened that if the strike continued, the government would look at all labour laws and consider the options available to it, including that which empowered employers to protect their enterprise.
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But on Sunday, Ngige insisted that it was not yet time to invoke the no-work-no-pay rule.
The minister said, “We have not reached there (no-work-no-pay option). I said so earlier.