Over 11, 000 health workers under the aegis of Kaduna State Health Care Workers Union and Associations began a seven – day warning strike on Saturday following the state government ’ s decision to deduct 25 per cent from their salaries .
They said the deduction was done in violation of the Labour Act.
The health workers said in a communiqué that they decided to down their tools to force the state government to reverse its decision .
The state government had threatened to sack any health worker that embarked on the strike , claiming they were blackmailing the state .
The Special Adviser on Media and Communication to Governor Nasir el – Rufai , Muyiwa Adekeye , had said , “ Government rejects the strike threat and will regard persons who fail to show up at their assigned places of work as having forfeited their employment.
“ To declare strike action amidst the COVID – 19 pandemic is naked blackmail . ”
In the communiqué signed by Dr Danjuma Sale , Dr Emmanuel Joseph , Ibrahim Abashe and Dr Stephen Kache , the health workers denied that they were out to blackmail the state .
They said , “Kaduna State Government paid between N 150 , 000 and N 450 , 000 as occupational safety incentives to about 300 selected HCWs (health care workers) and non – HCWs working as staff or volunteers in the IDCC and isolation centres or serving in some of the COVID – 19 pillars .
Less than two per cent of the HCWs in the state benefited from the package .
“ The promised 10 per cent
incentives for other HCWs , though inadequate, has yet to be paid.
“ Most health workers that were infected with COVID – 19 are from health facilities outside the IDCC and isolation centres and none of them has been paid the purported N 100 , 000 daily for 10 days .
“None of our members working in hospitals has been contacted to give their details for the widely publicised N 5 m and N 2 m life and disability insurance, respectively .
“ All health workers are exposed to varying degrees of risk of infectious diseases such as COVID – 19, tuberculosis , HIV/AIDs , Lassa fever , Ebola fever among others.
“ No adequate PPEs in the state hospitals . Patients buy their own gloves .
“ Health workers get their own face masks and protective goggles , among others. ”
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