Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has described the strike of resident doctors as an “act of rascality”.
In a statement by Samuel Olowookere, deputy director press in the ministry, Ngige said the government was shocked by the “sudden U-turn” of the association after it reached an agreement with the ministry of health on its six-point demand.
The minister accused the doctors of reneging on an agreement with detailed timelines for implementation.
His words: “This is an industrial rascality and the trade unions must fashion out ways of ensuring that their members keep to collective agreements.
“NARD signed collective bargaining agreement and less than 48 hours after, they embarked on strike. This is a breach of the law.
“Workers should not breach the law of the land because the law protects them more than the employers.’’
He said it was an issue the labour centres should address because where a “person’s rights stop, is where another man’s right start. Your right cannot be absolute.’’
He said the meeting between the doctors and the government earlier scheduled for November 2, 2017, will now hold on September 6, 2017.
“All stakeholders are implored to attend this crucial conciliation meeting,” he said.
“The health and well-being of Nigerians are cardinal to President Buhari’s administration. Hence, every measure necessary shall be taken to restore normalc.”