Resident doctors as well as consultants working with the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile Ife will join their colleagues in the employ of the Osun State Government in solidarity strike as from next Wednesday. Doctors working with all the local government councils in the state will also join the strike from the same day and the solidarity strike will end on Friday.
The announcement of the solidarity strike by the OAUTH doctors and local government doctors is contained a a communique signed by the Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association in Osun State, Dr. Suraj Ogunyemi and Secretary, Dr. Adeola Ajibare. A copy of the communique was made available to our correspondent in Osogbo on Friday.
The strike will be preceded by a mass rally by all doctors from the Osun State Association of Medical and Dental Officers House to the House of Assembly on Tuesday. The NMA which said this after an emergency general meeting of the association said the solidarity strike became necessary to press home the demands of the striking doctors in the state.
The communique read, ” Arising from the emergency general meeting to deliberate on the issues of no aid salaries and other issues pertaining to the welfare of doctors and their work environment, the following resolutions were made:
1. That a peaceful protest rally would be staged from OSAMDO House to the Osun State House of Assembly on Tuesday February 16, 2016 by 9:00am.
2. That local government doctors working with Osun State, residents and consultants working with Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile Ife will join the ongoing industrial action from 00:00 hour Wednesday February 17, 2016 till Friday 19, 2016.”
Members of OSAMDO and resident doctors at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo started an indefinite strike since September 28, 2015 over payment of half salaries by the state government.
Based on the strike, the state government ordered the stoppage of their salaries since October and consultants at the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital joined the strike on January 13 on the same grounds.