Doctors in the employ of the Ondo State Government have begun an indefinite strike over payment of fifty per cent wage for November 2020.
Organised labour within the state last week agreed to collect half salary as well as adopt the model in use by Local Government/SUBEB for future salary payment.
This was after Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu stated borrowing to augment fee of salary was no longer sustainable.
Head of Service Oluwadare Aragbaiye displayed federal allocation receipts for December 2020, but shared in January 2021, in which the state allocation for December was N2.3billion after deductions of government obligations, whereas total gross salary (net + deductions) payable to all categories of workers summed up to N5.21billion.
But the docs, under the auspices of Ondo Government Doctors Forum (OGDF), stated they were not carried along by organised labour in reaching the deal.
They said they were not members of organised labour, but professional bodies.
Spokesman for the OGDF, Dr. Omolayo Olubosede, said after an emergency meeting of the forum that the medical doctors can’t survive on 50 per cent salary.
She said that they had written to Governor Akeredolu to inform him of their plight, but didn’t get any response.
Olubosede said they would call off the strike after the payment of their salary arrears, the appointment of more doctors to replace those that had left, implementation of Group Life Insurance, among others.
She appealed to the residents to show understanding during the strike.
Olubosede stated: “The payment of half wage was insensitive and unfortunate in the middle of a pandemic, despite owing us 4-month salary.
“Doctors in Ondo are working under harsh situation. We can not work from home. It’s unfathomable that we’re being paid half salary. We’re not insensitive to the hardship this action will bring. It’s our hope that the government will get back to us.”
Acting Commissioner for Health Dr. JIbayo Adeyeye said the letter written by the medical doctors didn’t give any discover of the strike.
Adeyeye said the government would engage the doctors so that they would return to work as soon as possible.