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JUST IN: Doctor’ Strike: Nigerian govt invokes “no work, no pay” policy


his policy means that the doctors who participate will not receive their regular salaries during the strike

The Nigerian government has directed the management of federal tertiary hospitals to commence the enforcement of the “no work, no pay” policy against the striking resident doctors.

The striking doctors, members of the National Association of Resident Doctors, have, however, remained adamant, insisting the government has no moral justification for its action.

This policy means that the doctors who participate will not receive their regular salaries during the strike.

The directive was contained in a letter dated 1 August and titled “Re: Incessant Strike Action by the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors: Implementation of “No work, No pay” policy of the Federal Government.”


In the letter, the government expressed disappointment that the doctors initiated the strike despite attempts at conciliatory meetings involving various stakeholders, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, and the National Assembly, all of which proved unsuccessful in reaching an agreement.

It instructed the hospitals to implement the ‘no work, no pay’ policy and also keep an attendance register for resident doctors who are willing to continue working despite the strike.

“I am directed to inform you that the Federal Ministry of Health has instituted the policy of “No work, No Pay” against the striking resident doctors in line with circular Ref. No.58598/8.1/II/182 dated June 22, 2016,” the letter read in part.

“I am further directed to request you to maintain an attendance register for all residents willing to work and furnish the ministry of such names on a monthly basis.”

Under Nigerian law, workers’ unions on strike are typically entitled to their full salaries. However, the government can invoke the “no work, no pay” rule if it deems the strike illegal or unjustified.

Historically, this rule has been rarely enforced and has often been reversed once the strike is called off or suspended.

Premium Times reports. 

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