Nigerian doctors on indefinite strike in Ondo State Resident doctors from the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital in Ondo State, Nigeria are on indefinite strike action due to not being paid their salaries and allowances. The strike began November 9 after the resignation of over 50 doctors over the issue. Doctors complained they are owed four-and-a half months of salary arrears as well as COVID-19 allowances and other entitlements. Police brutality, poverty, mass unemployment and inequality has ignited mass protests in Nigeria. Nigeria has 64,336 reported cases of COVID-19 and 1,160 deaths. Nigerian oil workers heading for indefinite national strike Oil workers in Nigeria are preparing for indefinite national stoppage over the introduction of IPPIS, which has led to three months’ salary arrears. IPPIS is an information communications technology payroll system initiated by the federal government. In August PENGASSAN and NUPENG suspended a warning strike over the introduction of IPPIS for oil workers after union agreements made with the federal government, which the unions say the government has now broken. Zimbabwe striking teachers threatened with losing salaries The Zimbabwe government is threatening to stop striking teachers’ salaries to force them to return to work. Teachers refused to return to schools at the beginning of term September 28 to protest poverty wages and the unsafe reopenings during the pandemic. The Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association, Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe and other unions had appealed to President Emmerson Mnangagwe, who is overseeing brutal attacks on public sector workers. Runaway inflation around 800 percent means teachers’ salaries do not cover bills or the basics of life. Teachers were left isolated by the public sector unions’ recent betrayal of the health workers’ four-month strike for a living wage and adequate PPE. Nurses’ salaries were also stopped. Zimbabwe has reported 8,667 coronavirus cases and 255 deaths—likely an underestimate given the collapse of the health service.

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