Tuesday, 8 May 2012

JAF Condemns Dismissal of Doctors by Lagos State Government


The Joint Action Front (JAF) condemns the unlawful and unwholesome action of Babatunde Fashola government of Lagos state in the so-called sack of all the doctors in the employ of the state government. We call on the state government to immediately and unconditionally recall the doctors and meet all the demands which they went on strike for.

The action of the state government constitutes a grave violation of labour laws and international conventions on the freedom of association. The sack of doctors clearly contravenes the decisions and principle of freedom of association committee of the governing body of the international Labour Organization (ILO).

The relevant adjudicated judgments state inter alia:

(661). The dismissal of workers because of a strike constitutes serious discrimination in employment on grounds of legitimate trade union activities and is contrary to Convention 98
(662). When trade unionists or union leaders are dismissed for having exercised the rights to strike, the committee can only conclude that they have been punished for the trade union activities and have been discriminated against.

(663) Respect for the principles of freedom of association requires that workers should not be dismissed or refused re-employment on account of their having participated in a strike or industrial action. It is irrelevant for these purposes whether the dismissal occurs during or after the strike.

For the avoidance of doubt, section 628 states as follows:
“Responsibility for declaring a strike illegal should not lie with the government but with an independent body which has the confidence of the parties involved.”
Therefore, the Lagos state government does not have power to unilaterally declare the strike of doctors illegal.

Let it be stated that Nigeria is a signatory to the freedom of Association and Protection to Organise Convention (1948) and also Convention 98 (The right to organize and collective bargaining Convention (1949)

We stress that the Lagos state government should be held responsible and liable for the death of Lagosians arising from its refusal to meet the demands of doctors and its disregards for the right of doctors to strike.


Dr. Oladipo Fashina                        Comrade Abiodun Aremu
JAF Chairperson                             JAF Secretary

1 comment:

  1. In my own opinion lagos state govt has not violated any labour law, on the contrary it is the doctors that has disrecpected the labour law, the labour law states that before employees can go on strike, there as to be a notice of atleast 15days for their employer, which the doctors clearly violated by going on strike on just 2 days notice, not considering the consequence of their action, in as much as i would like the govt to reinstate the doctors,they should only be reinstated after they(doctors) must have tender an unreserved apology to their employer and the people of lagos.