To ensure that workers at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba, resumed at their duty posts, management of the centre has dragged the workers to the Industrial Court over the current strike action.
The workers embarked on the strike action about two weeks ago, paralyzing activities in all the sections of the hospital and insisting that their salaries that were slashed should be restored to the full since management was responsible for their failure to comply with the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).
The workers last Thursday however thronged the hospital to participate on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), scheduled to capture them for subsequent monthly salaries owing to the advertisement by the management. The case instituted with Suit No.NICN/AK/12/2014, filed at the National Industrial Court, Akure, Ondo State, is between the Board of Management and two others versus Dr N.L. Orhue and 15 others, and management is seeking to restrain the workers from going on strike. When Daily Independent visited the hospital, hundreds of the workers were at the premises as early as 9am for the exercise which later commenced about 3.30pm. Public Relations Officer (PRO) of JOHESU, Davidson Akinlaya, confirmed that the IPPIS capture.
He said the workers were not happy with management as the money they could have used to settle workers welfare was diverted to litigation, adding that despite the IPPIS capture, workers would not resume until their salaries are paid in full. He also warned that management contemplation of “no work, no pay” policy will not work as it never helped matters.
By Felix Igbekoyi / Asaba