Industrial court orders striking doctors back to work

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National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) in Abuja has ordered striking members of National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to suspend their ongoing industrial action immediately.

Justice Ibrahim Galadima gave the order, yesterday, while ruling on an ex-parte application by two groups – Citizens Advocacy for Social and Economic Rights (CASER) and Association of Women in Trade and Agriculture (AWTA).

Justice Galadima also ordered members of the NARD to resume duties forthwith pending determination of the motion on notice filed by the plaintiffs seeking an interim order directing NARD, being a provider of the essential services of health necessary to the fundamental right to life, to immediately cease its strike action and resume duties forthwith pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

Joined as co-respondents in the motion are Minister of Health, Minister of Labour and Productivity, and Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

Justice Galadima adjourned till October 8, for hearing of the substantive suit.

It will be recalled that members of NARD embarked on the strike on September 7, over issues bothering on group life insurance for doctors and other health care workers.

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