Doctors didn’t give us notice before embarking on strike – Govt

The Ondo state government has reacted to an indefinite strike declared by medical doctors in the state over payment of half salaries.

Speaking on the industrial action, the acting Commissioner for Health/Special Adviser to the Governor on health, Dr. JIbayo Adeyeye, said the letter written by the doctors did not give any notice of strike.

Medical doctors working with Ondo state government had yesterday embarked on an indefinite strike over percentage salaries.

Thenewstrack had reported that civil servants in the state last week agreed to collect percentage salaries, a model in use by Local Government/SUBEB for future salary payment.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu had on the first working day of year 2021, informed the labour union leaders in the state that borrowing to augment payment of salaries was no longer sustainable in the state.

The state Head of Service, HOS, Dare Aragbaiye had last week displayed Federal Allocation receipts for the month of December, 2020 but shared in January 2021 in which the state allocation for the month of December was N2.3bn after deductions of government obligations whereas total gross salary (Net + deductions) payable to all categories of workers summed up to N5.21bn.