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Crisis looms at ABSUTH over unpaid salaries

10 April 2013, 15:15

Aba - Workers at the Abia State University Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH), Aba, have threatened to embark on industrial action over unpaid salaries.

A member of staff of the hospital who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the condition of anonymity on Wednesday, said the workers were being owed salaries since November last year.

"The situation is affecting every worker here and our patience is running out with several promises by the management to settle the arrears. We are not going to be whistle blowers on our threat for positive response," he said.

He said the December salary which they were promised to be ready last week was not forthcoming, adding that it would be five months unpaid salary at the end of April.

He appealed to the state government to resolve the impasse before the situation got out of hand.

Reacting, Dr Okechukwu Ogah, the state’s Commissioner for Health, dismissed the threat of industrial action by the workers.

He said that the workers had been paid salaries for two months in the last one month, adding: "The information is not correct. There is no threat like that."

When NAN visited the hospital on Wednesday, some of the workers expressed their feeling over the unpaid salaries and the possible plan for industrial action.


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