NAFDAC workers issue 7-day strike notice over unpaid allowances

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Workers of National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) have threatened to embark on an indefinite strike, if their entitlements are not paid in the next seven days.

The workers took the decision at an extra-ordinary meeting of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) from the 36 states, in Lagos.

According to a communiqué by the secretary of the union, Comrade Anzaku Peter Joseph, the congress demanded an upward review of Job Specific Allowance by the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission within one week or members would embark on an indefinite strike.

Other demands by the congress include the immediate implementation of Skipping of CONRAISS by NAFDAC management as directed by the extant circular by November 4, based on the National Industrial Court judgment in favour of JOHESU.

The congress, which also frowned at non-payment of eight months pension arrears from May to December, 2012 for 2012 set of NAFDAC employees, demanded that the agency pay the arrears into PFAs accounts within one week.

The workers lamented the non-availability of funds for GMPs, trainings, workshops and conferences (both domestic and foreign), adding that the NAFDAC management should reverse this “trend, which has attracted financial embarrassment to workers”.

The congress pointed out that an attempt by the NAFDAC to pretend as if all was well in the organisation would encourage the workers to proceed on indefinite industrial action until all their demands are met.

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