The Lagos State Government, Sunday, 30th November, 2014, reiterated that it has always paid the salaries of all its employees, doctors inclusive, when due.
Some doctors working in the state government’s hospitals had early last week staged a demonstration alleging that the state government owed them an unspecified amount of money covering their salaries for July and August, 2014.
But debunking the allegation, the government said the complaint by the doctors refers to July and August 2014 during which period the affected doctors went on strike adding that their salaries were not paid in accordance with the government’s policy of “No Work, No Pay”.
Government also recalled, with regrets, that the period of the doctors’ strike unfortunately coincided with the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in Lagos State pointing out that all entreaties to the striking doctors to see reasons and call off the strike were ignored.
In a statement, jointly signed by Chairman, Health Service Commission, Dr. M.O. Salako; and Chairman, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Dr. O. Williams, the state government said it has promptly resumed payment of salaries of the doctors since they resumed work.
The statement, which reiterated that the state government’s policy of “No Work, No Pay” was still in force, pointed out that the policy was informed by the fact that it was unjustifiable for any worker to be paid for work not done maintaining that any group of its employees that embarked on strike in contravention of the laid-down procedures governing such actions would be so treated for the period of strike.
Assuring all citizens of the administration’s commitment to its responsibilities of protecting life and property in the state at all times, the statement reiterated, “Government’s policy of “No work, No pay” remains in force meaning you cannot be paid for work not done”.