Health workers give el-Rufai ultimatum
From Mustapha Saye, Kaduna
The Congress of Health Workers Unions and Associations, Kaduna State chapter has given the state government an ultimatum to refund their 25 per cent salary that was cut and also provide them with Personal Protective Equipment.
According to the union, if the government fails to meet the demand, they will be left with no option than to take all the necessary actions within the labour laws.
The workers stated this in a communique issued at the end of its joint meeting, and signed by the leaders of the various associations including chairman, Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, Kaduna State council, Nurse Ishaku Yakubu; Chairman of the state council of NANNM, Dr. Stephen Akau Kache; chairman, state chapter of Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy, Dr. Jinad Jubril Olawale; the state branch chairman of AMLSN, Comrade Lawal T B and chairman, MDCAN BDTH, Dr. Danjuma Sale.
“We reject in its entirety the deduction of 25 per cent of healthcare workers salary as this is illegal and has reduced the morale of workers in the frontlines.
“We demand for a refund of the 25 per cent deducted in April, 2020 and a stoppage of further deductions.
“All health workers currently in contact with patients or body specimens are at high risk of exposure to COVID-19 and other infectious diseases and should be categorized as such in the Occupational Safety insensitive of the state government.
“We urge the state government to provide adequate basic PPEs to all the health facilities across the state.
“If government fails to meet the above demands, then this communique shall serve as an ultimatum to the state government and we shall be left with no option than to take all the necessary actions within the labour laws,” it added.
According to it, the various health workers unions and associations in the state held a meeting to discuss the recent deduction of 25 per cent of health workers’ salaries.