NAFDAC Health Workers Suspend Strike

Health workers at the National Agency For Food and Drug Administration and Control have suspended their 14-day-old nationwide strike.

Comrade Stephen Ibe, Chairman, Medical Health Workers Union, Federal Area Council, 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 end of the bargain in the next 10 days.

The Chairman said the strike was suspended following a fruitful deliberation the group had 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 a chance 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 and we reacted that was why we went on strike in the first place. We are a responsible union but if government reneges on its decision to review the salary structure. We will continue the industrial action,” Ibe said.

Workers at the agency had commenced a nationwide indefinite strike on November 12 over unresolved wage structure and unpaid allowances from the Federal Government.

The health workers are protesting the Federal Government’s unwillingness to convert NAFDAC officials from the Consolidated Researchers and Allied Workers Salary Structure to Consolidated Health Workers Salary Structure and the non-payment of allowances among others.

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