Doctors commence strike action over payment of half salary in Ondo

Doctors commence strike action over payment of half salary in Ondo

Medical Doctors under the Ondo state government, on Tuesday, commenced an indefinite strike to protest against the payment of 50 per cent salary for the month of November 2020 by the state government.

The medical doctors under the aegis of Ondo Government Doctors Forum (OGDF) said they are downing tools indefinitely, complained over the salary slash, saying they were not carried along by organised labour in reaching the agreement with the state government.

The striking doctors who said they were not members of organised labour in the state but professional bodies and should be consulted before the decision was taken.

Speaking on behalf of the striking doctors after an emergency meeting, the Spokesman for the OGDF, Dr Omolayo Olubosede, said a member of the association cannot survive on 50 per cent salary.

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According to Olubosede, the doctors have earlier written to the state governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, intimating him of their plight but said there was no response from the government

She, however, maintained that they would only resume work after payment of all salary arrears, appointment of more doctors to replace those that left, implementation of Group Life Insurance amongst others.

She appealed to residents in the state to understand their plight during the period of the strike action, saying “the payment of half salary was insensitive and unfortunate in the middle of a pandemic despite owing us four months.

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