NAFDAC workers begin strike over unpaid welfare packages

The Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) branch of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has commenced a seven-day warning strike today.

A statement jointly signed by the Vice-Chairman of the union, Idzi Is and Public Relations Officer, Ejoor Michael, said the strike started in the early hours of today.

The union demanded immediate action to resolve the issues raised by the members.

Among the grievances of the workers are non-payment of promotion arrears, non-review of job specific allowance, suspension of staff training and backlog of unpaid staff financial claims.

Other grievances include the non-payment of severance package, poor work environment and lack of staff bus to ease transportation difficulties.

In the statement, the union alleged that NAFDAC’s management is owing its members promotion arrears for 2018 and 2019.

It said that the request for the payment of the arrears has lingered, hence the commencement of the strike.

NAFDAC workers are also demanding an upward review of their job specific allowance in line with the approved new national minimum wage.

According to them, the allowance has not been reviewed in the last 10 years.

The union said that the allowances are usually reviewed upward correspondingly with increase in salary.

“We are demanding for a review of the job specific allowance in line with the new national minimum wage,” it said.

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