UCH workers were told to stop working at 4pm after continuous blackout

UCH workers were told to stop working at 4pm after continuous blackout

The Joint Action Committee (JAC), which is the umbrella body of the trade unions at the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan, Oyo State, has instructed all employees of the health institution to commence work from 8am to 4pm daily, from Tuesday, April. two.

The directive came after the tertiary health institution was shut down by the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) due to a debt of N495 million accumulated over more than six years.

Addressing journalists, the Chairman of JAC, Oludayo Olabampe stated that it is no longer safe to continue treating patients under these circumstances. He also said workers would go on strike if power was not restored.

He said;

“Workers would now work from 8 am to 4 pm only because it is dangerous and risky to treat patients in this situation. We held a meeting with management this morning, but the problem is that there is no electricity. Therefore, starting today, Tuesday, April 2nd, we will be open until 4pm. We will not see any patients after 4pm.

“This means we will not admit patients because the nurses who will look after them will not be available after 4pm and patients are not expected to be alone from 4pm until 8am the next day.

“If patients need blood tests, the laboratory will not work, if they need x-rays, the radiologists will not work and the nutritionists responsible for food will not work after 4pm either. We also gave the administration another 14-day ultimatum which started counting from March 27, and if after 14 days the power is not restored, we will begin a warning strike.”

Commenting on the development, the Chief Medical Director of UCH, Jesse Otegbayo, alleged that IBEDC was billing the hospital as an industry. He said the union did not formally notify management before making such a decision.

He said;

“I haven't heard of this, if they are going to do this, they should officially write to the administration, and then the administration will respond. There are rules that govern government service, you can't just decide what hours you work and expect to be paid full time.

“If they do this without officially informing management, management will have a way to enforce the rules to pay them for the number of hours they worked. The correct thing is for them to put this in writing, because they did not officially write to the administration before making the decision.”

Source: www.lindaikejisblog.com

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