You deserve no salary during strike, Islamic scholar tells JOHESU members

You deserve no salary during strike, Islamic scholar tells JOHESU members

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A professor of Islamic Studies, Abdulrasaq Abubakre, says  it is against the tenets of  Islam to  receive salary  for the  period  one has not worked.

Abubakre  said this in Ilorin on Tuesday while speaking with the newsmen  against the backdrop of the ongoing national strike by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU).

JOHESU is demanding  an upward adjustment of CONHESS Salary Scale, arrears of skipping of CONHESS 10 and employment of additional health professionals.

JOHESU is also asking for implementation of court judgments and upward review of retirement age from 60 to 65 years.

But the don, who recently retired from the University of Ilorin, said unions  in Nigeria should find  ways  of resolving  grievances with the government rather than resorting to strike.

“”If you pay zakat on the salary you received  and did not work for, you will not receive the intended reward from God.

“The perspective of Islam is that of trust, trust is very  crucial  in Islam.  JOHESU members are entrusted with the concern and care of patients across hospitals in Nigeria.

“Money is important but it is secondary, secondary in the sense that your primary role is to save lives.

“Health workers must understand that it is God that heals and they must have this at the back of their minds,” he said.

He also said the country must develop a culture of responsibility and response,  urging  government to also be alive to its responsibilities.

The don  condemned  JOHESU’s  demand  for parity with  medical doctors, saying it was  unreasonable.

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Abubakre said the  foundation of  JOHESU’s strike was  weak, urging its leaders  to be serious and reasonable in their negotiations.

He, however, called on the Federal Government to be proactive and always prevent strikes from happening rather than finding solutions to  industrial  disputes.

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