Doctors warning strike: Lagos to enforce trade dispute act
By OLUWOLE FAROTIMI
Wednesday April 11 , 2012
The Lagos State Government yesterday warned that it would invoke the Trade Dispute Act on doctors under its employment who partake in the planned three-day warning strike scheduled to commence today, saying they would have to forfeit their wages within the period of the strike in accordance with the Act.
This warning to the medical doctors contained in a circular issued by the State Head of Service, Mr. Adesegun Ogunlewe with Ref No. CIR/HOS/12/037 was issued yesterday.
The Head of Service in the circular obtained by Daily Sun made reference to the provision of Section 43(1) of the Trade Dispute Act which he said, would henceforth be enforced in the state.
According to Section 43(1) of the Act, it states that “Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act or in any other law where any worker takes part in the strike, he shall not be entitled to any wages or other remuneration for the period of the strike and any such period shall not count for the purpose of reckoning the period of continuous employment and all rights dependent of continuity of employment shall be prejudicially affected accordingly”.
He assured staff of government’s continuous commitment to their welfare, particularly those providing essential services while stressing the need for them to respect their contract of employment, trade dispute act as well as ethics, oaths and code of their profession while in the employment of the state government.
It was reliably gathered that this warning would not stop activities in Lagos General Hospitals from total shut down today as doctors in public hospitals begin a three-day warning strike to demand for the implementation of the agreement it reached with the Lagos State Government last year.
Meanwhile, eminent Lagosians and human rights activists have appealed to the doctors to shelve the proposed warning strike and embraced dialogue so that patients in the state’s hospitals would not bear the brunt.
Prominent Lagosians, including monarchs, political leaders and clerics pleaded with resident doctors in Lagos State to shelve their proposed warning strike in the interest of stakeholders in the health sector.