The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu, Ogun State, yesterday announced the commencement of a strike effective from today o er refusal of the state government to implement News minimum Wage and poor welfare package of its members.
In a test message sent to some selected Media outfits, jointly signed by the union’s President, Dr Popoola Mutiu, and the General Secretary, Dr Osundara Tope, said the association had resolved to embark on this strike while holding talks with the government over their demands which is legitimate, fair and just as the medical personnel battle against COVID-19.
Mutiu said “we demand appropriate remuneration for all Residents in OOUTH with entry level of CONMESS 3 step 3, hazard allowance of 50% of Consolidated Basic Salary for all doctors in OOUTH, implementation of New Minimum Wage for all Doctors in OOUTH which must reflect equity, justice and fairness, life insurance for all doctors in OOUTH, continued provision of Adequate PPE for doctors in OOUTH
In a swift response, the Secretary of State Government, Ogun State, Mr Olatokunbo Talabi promised that the state government will look into their plight.
He said that after a thorough deliberation with the Representative of the Association, Government is willing to put a smile on the faces of the doctors.
“We are presently looking into resolving the issue and we promised that before the end of the month something tangible will be done”, he said.
“Since it appears our agitations are not worthy before Ogun State Government which invariably begat complete insouciance to our concerns, the House has therefore decided to embark on Indefinite Strike starting from 1st July, 2020”, he said.