Nigerian Doctors, Other Health Workers To Join NLC Indefinite, Nationwide Strike Starting Tuesday

The Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) has urged its members to collaborate with the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) regarding the planned industrial action scheduled for October 3rd.

NUAHP called on pharmacists, physiotherapists, medical laboratory scientists, imaging scientists/radiographers, medical social workers, optometrists, clinical psychologists, orthotics/prosthetics, speech therapists, medical physicists, ECG/EEG specialists, dental technologists, occupational therapists, health information management practitioners, dental therapists, dieticians and other related health professionals to join the indefinite strike.

The letter, dated September 28, 2023, was directed to its NEC members, NAC members, zonal coordinators, chairmen and secretaries of unit branches, presidents and general secretaries of professional associations and signed by its General Secretary, Comrade Martin A. Egbanubi.

“I have the directive of the President, Comrade (Pharm.) Kamal Alhassan Ibrahim to inform you that the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) at an emergency National Executive Council virtual meeting held on Tuesday, 26th September, 2023 passed a resolution to join the Nigeria Labour Congress to declare an indefinite strike action commencing from 00 hours on Tuesday, 3rd October, 2023,” the letter reads.

“The joint press conference addressed by the National Leadership of both the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria on the same day made public the two centres NEC resolution on the indefinite strike action.

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“Thus, the action is inevitable if the Federal Government fails upon the expiration of the notice of strike ultimatum by mid-night Monday, 2nd October, 2023 to make a pronouncement on palliatives and other policy actions to ameliorate the economic hardship imposed on the workers and masses by the removal of fuel subsidy.”