JUTH doctors embark on warning strike over pay cut

Resident doctors at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) have embarked on a three-day warning strike over what they called arbitrary deductions of their salaries and indiscriminate sack of resident doctors by the management led by Prof. Edmund Bele Banwat.

The fresh strike has, however, further worsened situation at the health institution. It would be recalled that members of the Joint Health Workers Sector Union (JOHESU) have in the last six weeks embarked on similar strike action over issues related to welfare.

On Tuesday, the doctors, under the auspices of Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), marched through the streets carrying placards with different inscriptions to register their grievances.

Some of the inscriptions in their placards are: Stop arbitrary tax deduction from our members; Upgrade our DTA, pay our training allowances; Governor Lalong, come to our aid, and many more.

They later converged at the hospital gate where their President, Dr. Cephas Ibrahim, told journalists that his members in the health institution were facing injustice and inhuman treatment from the management, adding that their efforts to address the issues had been met with frustration.

According to him, “My doctors would just wake up and discovered that their salaries were massively deducted without prior notice. Several of our members have also been sacked for no justifiable reason. Besides, our training allowances were being withheld for two years despite the fact that we have been working. We cannot continue like this.

“When we met with the management, they told us that it was tax. We are not against paying tax, but the way it is done suggest something sinister. If not, how is it that this tax is done arbitrarily, such that a lower person has higher pay tax even more than his senior?

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