Industrial actions by different trade union bodies in Nigeria have become a very big issue. And it seems, it will still continue if care is not taken very fast.
- The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD)
Doctors in Nigeria’s state-run hospitals on Thursday began a strike over pay and inadequate facilities, union leaders told AFP.
The strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), which represents some 40 percent of Nigeria’s doctors, is the latest in a string of work stoppages to hit the country as it struggles with COVID-19.
“The strike commenced at 8:00 this morning. But the NEC (National Executive Committee) will convene this afternoon to review the situation,” NARD president Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi told AFP.
He said the review became necessary following a meeting with government representatives on Wednesday.
2. Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN)
Judiciary workers, under the aegis of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), declared an indefinite nationwide strike to press home their demand for the financial autonomy of the judiciary.
The national leadership of JUSUN in a circular dated April 1 on Saturday, ordered the shut down of various courts across the country from Tuesday, April 6.
In the circular signed by JUSUN’s General Secretary, I. M. Adetola, it directed all states and zonal heads of the union to comply with the strike.
3. Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP)
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has embarked on an indefinite strike over the non-implementation of its demands by the federal government.
Anderson Ezeibe, ASUP president, who broke the news on Tuesday morning, said the industrial action takes effect immediately.
According to him, members of the union have vowed to shut down polytechnics across the nation till the federal government meets their demands.
Ezeibe said the strike became imperative after the expiration of an ultimatum it gave the federal government last year to revamp the poor state of polytechnics and mono-technics in the country.