NAFDAC Workers Commence Strike

Workers of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC have started an indefinite strike across the country.

According to Comrade Stephen Ibeh, Chairman of Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, Federal Area Council, the strike became necessary as the Federal Government refused to pay allowances and implement a wage structure demanded by the staff.

Ibeh, who had led a protest at the NAFDAC premises in Lagos on Monday, directed all NAFDAC officials in all the agency’s offices across the country to stay away from their duty posts immediately until they get a new directive from the agency.

He explained that the Federal Government had been reluctant to implement the Consolidated Health Workers Salary Structure for NAFDAC officials against the Consolidated Researchers and Allied Workers Salary Structure presently in use.

He added that the government had also refused to pay the workers some allowances, such as productivity, promotion and 13th month allowances.

The NAFDAC staff also demanded that the traditional promotion of those on level 9 to 11 before those on level 10 as used for health workers under the Federal Ministry of Health should be stopped.

Ibeh said attempts to negotiate with the National Salaries and Wages Commission over the disorganized wage structure has been futile and that the strike action will continue until all demands are met.

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