Health Secretary, Pascoe Kase, has warned the National Doctors Association and other health unions that anyone who stops work to demand the resignation of Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, will be doing so illegally.
Kase said that industrial disputes must be conducted according to relevant rules and the health sector awards.
On Friday, the National Doctors Association (NDA) issued an ultimatum for the PM to step aside and for the medical faculty at UPNG to be reopened.
Yesterday, NDA General Secretary, Dr Sam Yockopua, posted a notice on Facebook to NDA members nationwide on their plans.
Plan one was for them to stand down from duties as of 10am yesterday through until Friday, the day of the Vote of No Confidence.
Their second plan was the presentation of their 21-day petition to the government, which they presented last Friday.
Today the Health Secretary, Pascoe Kase, warned the association that they must have no role in politics.
He has advised the Public Service Secretary, John Kali, and the Chief Secretary, Issac Lupari, to take disciplinary action on health workers if they take part in the strike.