Resident doctors protest as ‘no work, no pay’ rule begins

National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has faulted Federal Government’s threat to invoke the “no work, no pay” rule in Section 43 of the Labour Act.

The union described the move as shameful.

It noted that instead of the government paying the doctors and devising creative means to implement the agreement it signed over 116 days ago, the government was threatening to invoke “no work, no pay” and measures the union described as primitive.

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NARD called for the resignation of Health Minister, Dr. Osagie Ehanire and his Labour and Employment counterpart, Dr. Chris Ngige on the grounds that “they cannot deliver”.

On August 2, 2021, the resident doctors started an indefinite strike over alleged Federal Government’s failure to implement a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) it signed with doctors over 116 days ago on 12 of their demands.