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NAFDAC calls off one week strike
Staff of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, on November 26, 2015 called off the one week national warning strike embarked on as a result of the failure of National Incomes and Wages Commission, NSIWC, to review their monthly allowance.
The workers also urged the Federal Government to order Salaries and Wages Commission to review their allowance.
Speaking during a press conference in Lagos, the Chairman, Federal Area Council, FAC, Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, MHWUN, Comrade Ibrahim Isah said the workers were going back to work, adding that they were giving the government more time to review their allowance.
He said: “We have been on NAFDAC job specific allowance since 2013, pleading with NSIWC, to review our allowance, but NAFDAC was denied the review by NSIWC in 2014. Tomorrow (today) our people will go back to work for the good of the country, but the commission should review the allowance to avoid subsequent illuminate strike in NAFDAC.”
He stated that the issue of allowance started when NAFDAC was moved from Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) to Consolidated Research and Align Structure (CONRAISS), adding that NAFDAC was not a research institute but a regulatory agency.
Isah however faulted the Director of Admin/HR, NAFDAC, Mrs. Yetunde Oni as the cause of the internal and external problem bedeviling the agency among which are: persecution of union executives, illegal suspension of staff without due process, payment of 2015 productivity allowance, among others, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to redeploy her before she destroyed the agency.
He said: “Staff has generally requested the redeployment of the Director Admin/HR, Mrs. Yetunde Oni from the agency, as a result of her highhandedness, lack of administrative acumen, mis-managing staff welfare and creating confusion in the agency with respect to staff and management relationship.”
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