Friday, 8 January 2016

Gov. Aregbeshola threatens to sanction striking doctors.

The face off by striking medical doctors in Osun State and the state government may have assumed a dangerous twist as the governor, Rauf Aregbesola has threatened to sanction them if they remain adamant and refused to resume on Monday next week.

The medical doctors working in the state employ embarked on strike over non-payment of their full salaries and other sundry issues related to the medical profession.

The doctors had dissociated themselves from an agreement between the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress {NLC} and the state government, which arrived at an apportionment of workers’ salaries in accordance to available resources each month.

But speaking in Osogbo yesterday at the 75th birthday anniversary of the labour veteran, Comrade Hassan Adebayo Sunmonu, Aregbesola said the government had tolerated the doctors long enough saying his administration would affect the public service rule on the recalcitrant doctors serving in the state.

He noted that even though, the doctors were not represented in a committee saddled with the responsibility to apportion the salary in accordance to available fund on monthly basis, the medical doctors have no reason not to abide by the decision of the committee headed by comrade Sunmonu.

Consequently, the obviously angry governor directed the state Head of Service {HoS} who was also in attendance at the event to invoke the rule of engagement on the striking doctors latest on Monday if they refused to report for duty.

Aregbesola described comrade Sunmonu as a great labour leader whose commitment, vision and doggedness in the labour circle is unparallel.
Recalling Sunmonu’s days as student of Yaba College of Technology {YABATECH} where he cut his teeth as a unionist, he noted that Sunmonu’s activities in labour movement have helped its development and brought yielded positive dividends to workers.

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