NAFDAC workers suspend nationwide strike

Health workers at the National Agency For Food Drug Administration and Control have suspended their nationwide strike after 14 days. The Chairman, Medical Health Workers Union , Federal  Area Council, Comrade Stephen Ibe, who spoke at a rally at the agency’s office in Lagos, said the union, would  renew the strike if the Federal Government  does not fulfill its own part of the agreement in the next 10 days.

Ibe said the strike was suspended after the union had a fruitful deliberation with government officials at the Salary and Wages Commission, the Ministry of Labour and Productivity and NAFDAC’s board of directors. “We are giving them an opportunity to review and implement a new salary structure for NAFDAC workers. They have asked for 10 days and we are willing to give them that. The strike has been suspended and work resumes on Monday.

“We were pushed to the wall. We are a responsible union, but if government reneges on its decision to review the salary structure, we will continue the industrial action,” he stated. Ibe also asked for one week grace for members of staff that have been shortlisted for  promotion at the agency, saying the notice for the examinations was abrupt. Workers at the agency had embarked on the nationwide strike on November 12 over unresolved wage structure and unpaid allowances by the Federal Government.

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