The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has suspended its plan to embark on a nationwide strike slated to begin on September 4, 2017.
On Wednesday, the union had threatened to down tools by Monday unless the Federal Government meets their demand of immediate enrollment in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) among others.
The decision to suspend the strike was reached after several hours of meeting between the Minister of Labour and productivity, Chris Ngige and members from the Ministry of Health, as well as officials of the national association of resident doctors (NERD), in Abuja.
Channels Television quoted Ngige as saying on Friday after the meeting that they have suspended the strike and then adjourned to November 2nd, for further deliberation on issues that affects the emoluments and welfare of the resident doctors.
The members of the association and the ministers of labour and employment, and health has, therefore agreed that normal services would continue to be rendered by the doctors pending the resolution of the issues in dispute.
NARD is demanding for the resolution of persistent shortfalls and unpaid arrears of salaries earned in both federal and state tertiary health institutions.
Other issues are the enrolment of resident doctors into the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) since 2003, and non-implementation of adjusted House Officers’ Entry grade level equivalent since 2014.
The resident doctors are also asking for the resolution of issues of stagnation and promotion and non-promotion of members who have met requisite criteria despite all collective bargaining agreements and circulars.