NAFDAC strike: The Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has embarked on strike.
Speaking on Wednesday at NAFDAC office in Lagos, Auwalu Yusuf Kiyawa, state chairman of the union, said the strike begins with immediate effect.
Kiyawa said the union will not call off the strike until the workers are paid their welfare packages.
Information gathered reveals that only the Lagos and southern part of the union embarked on the strike.
Vice chairman of the union, Idzi Isua, told newsmen that the workers were unhappy with the failure to resolve issues bordering on their remuneration by management.
“Abuja workers have joined the strike. As I speak to you now, we also commenced the strike yesterday. If you could remember, last year we embarked on a strike, half of the hazard allowance and balance were paid. So those issues are still pending and yet to be addressed which explains why we are embarking on this strike.”
He, however, said separate meetings have been held between workers and the management of the agency to resolve contending issues.
Director, Public Affairs of NAFDAC, Abubakar Jimoh said a meeting of all top management staff of the agency was called to resolve the issues.
“In a nutshell, the management is looking into what the union’s agitations were. The initial attempt was to hold a meeting with them so as to resolve the issues, but that meeting would not hold because we needed a top official from the ministry of health to be involved.
“Most of their agitations in-terms of welfare package, which is the general broad headline, does not fall within the limit of NAFDAC alone, we need a top level intervention to sit down together with the union and resolve some of these issues. The Director General, Dr. Moji Adeyeye, is very sympathetic to the yearning of the staff and working assiduously to address them,” he said.
Connectley Naija News recalls that the union also embarked on a seven-day warning strike in April 2021 to demand payment of promotion arrears for 2018 and 2019 promotions owed members.