FG, Katsina FMC workers’ dispute worries patients
Laide Oyelude , Katsina
Patients on admission at the Federal Medical Centre, Katsina, have expressed fear over the dispute between the hospital workers and the Federal Government .
The workers had, on Monday , commenced a three - day peaceful protest to draw attention to conditions at the hospital.
Investigation showed that the patients were afraid that the workers might begin a total industrial action after the three -day protest.
A patient at the orthopaedic section , Jemilu Rabe , said , “ Kindly help us appeal to the government to look into the workers’ demands instead of allowing them to go on strike again as they did for two months last year . ”
Another patient at the outpatient department , Faysal Bakori, also expressed fear that the health workers might embark on a strike after the current protest.
He appealed to the Federal Government to attend to the workers’ demands .
Bakori said , “ I pray that the workers’ protest does not lead to another round of strike . Whenever the hospital is on strike, we the patients suffer as we spend less money here .
“ The management should hearken to the workers ’ demands . ”
The Chairman of the hospital ’ s chapter of the Joint Health Workers Union, Mr Shamsudeen Lawal , told journalists that the protest was nationwide.
“ The protest will continue till Wednesday. The protest is a nationwide exercise and it is directed at the Federal Government . The national leadership of our various unions will determine our next line of action after Wednesday, ” Lawal said .
The Medical Director , FMC Katsina, Dr Suleiman Muhammed , could not be reached for comments .
The peaceful protest is primarily over the non -payment of April and May 2018 salaries by the Federal Government and other related issues.
The workers ’ other demands include implementation of salary adjustment and inclusion of members of the various unions at FMC in the leadership of tertiary institutions.
The workers , who continued with the protest on Tuesday , marched around the hospital ’s premises , singing various labour songs and also carried placards with inscriptions such as, ‘Respect signed agreement ,’ ‘Minister should stop sabotaging Mr President’ and ‘Mr President , come to the aid of FMC workers ’ .