Osun doctors threaten strike over unpaid salaries

Association of Medical and Dental Officers in Osun, has threatened to embark on indefinite strike if state government failed to pay outstanding salaries of its members on or before Sept. 27.

Dr Isiaka Adekunle, the chairman of the association, handed down the threat at a news conference on Thursday in Osogbo.

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Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State

He said that aside the payment of the outstanding salaries, government should also remit all outstanding cooperative and contributory deductions from the doctors’ salaries to the appropriate quarters.

“Government should pay all outstanding salaries, union and cooperative deductions; leave bonuses and remit the backlog of contributory pension’s deductions to the relevant pension funds administrators on or before 27th September, 2015.

“Failure of which we will embark on an indefinite withdrawal of our services from Monday, 28th September, 2015.

“Aside from the payment of these arrears, government should put in place the machinery for immediate implementation of the revised CONMESS circular for medical and dental officers in Osun State.

“The government should clear the arrears of hospital running cost and restore the provision for same as it is not possible to run a hospital without running cost,’’ he said.

Adekunle said the association was not part of the MOU signed by the state chapter of the NLC for the payment of 50 per cent of the state workers’ salaries.

“Our association is not a member of NLC; we were not invited to any negotiation with the government on the above subject matter in spite our myriad of correspondence to the government on the plight of our members.

“Therefore, we are not party to the decision of NLC and cannot be bound by the MOU they signed with the government,’’ he said.

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