Cross River hospital workers protest discriminatory hazard allowance

Workers in the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital in Calabar have protested alleged discriminatory payment of COVID-19 hazard allowance to health workers in tertiary health institutions.

The workers alleged that some categories  of staff such as clinical staff, pharmacists, medical, nurses, laboratory and health assistants were paid 40 per cent.

According to them, the accountant, administrators, auditors, environmental officers, store keeper and cleaners were paid 10 per cent.

Chairman of Joint Health Sector Unions, FNPH branch, Mr Daniel Odo, said that all members of staff in the hospital were vulnerable to all risk and outbreaks.

“The haphazard selection of few members, who were paid jumbo 40 per cent of their basic consolidated salary and the remaining half, a paltry 10 per cent, was aimed at dividing and ruling us.

“In the spirit of our resolve and solidarity that an injury to one is an injury to all, I appeal to the generality of our members and particularly those that were privileged to receive the jumbo pay to be part of the collective struggle.”
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