Yesterday, over 300 staff nurses, matrons and auxiliary nurses at the University Of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) began a warning strike. According to a key leader of the nurses union at the hospital, the nurses were embarking on the strike mainly because of unpaid salaries, better remuneration and the promotion of newly engaged nurses over old ones.
“By this strike, we are only warning and drawing attention of management of this hospital and ministry of health in Abuja to our plight. We want them to immediately address the lingering issues on our monthly salaries as a result of the new pay system which has either de-listed some of our names from the pay roll or reduced our individual pay every month. Many of us have travelled several times to Abuja to regularize our names and salary records in the new pay system to no avail,” she said.
She added that the nurses were unhappy that fresh nurses from schools and newly employed ones are given higher grades and higher pays than those that have been in the system for many years.