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Tensions rise All workers should go on strike if doctors resign-Austin Gamey

"I wish policemen will also decide that they will not render security services to any doctor"

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Former  employment minister and labour expert, Austin Gamey has charged other public sector workers, in a rather emotional fashion,   to with-hold their services to striking doctors  if they decide to resign.

Mr. Gamey who insists the doctors' strike is illegal and government cannot negotiate with a gun to its head said doctors must resort to the laid down procedure and not hold the rest of the country for ransom.

Though he agrees that the doctors deserve their conditions of service, and does not see anything wrong with the details of their demands, the renowned labour expert is not particularly enthused about the doctors' threat of resignation.

The doctors will later today take a final decision on their threat to resign if government does not agree to their demands.

Speaking on Radio Univers' business analysis show, Business Trendz, Mr. Gamey said

" if they decide to resign, public sector workers should also with-hold their services from doctors. I wish policemen will also decide that they will not render security services to any doctor. It is then that we will all realize the implications of what the doctors are doing, and the kind of position they put us in. This is not right. There are laid down procedures to dealing with this. They have no right to say they don't believe in the National Labour Commission to deal with their grievances."

Meanwhile,  the current minister of employment and labour relations, Haruna Idrisu has stressed that government cannot support demands of striking public sector workers in the 2015 budget

" Government  is working to make sure the demands of public sector workers are met in 2016. We have never been challenged in paying salaries. On the 25th and 26th of every month, workers smile to their banks, because government is able to pay their salaries. We are in the process of putting the 2016 budget together, and we will see how best we can incorporate the demands of the workers into the budget. But not the 2015 budget."

Labor expert Austin Gamey has lauded this stance by government as well as the president's resolve to maintain the wage bill.

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