Health work­ers be­gin in­def­i­nite strike to­mor­row over non-im­ple­men­ta­tion of agree­ment

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Collins Olayinka (Abuja) and Isa Ab­dul­salami Ahovi (Jos)

HEALTH work­ers in the coun­try under the aus­pices of Joint Health Sec­tor Unions (JOHESU) would be- gin an in­def­i­nite strike to­mor­row as a re­sult of non­im­ple­men­ta­tion of agree­ment reached with the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment.

The unions in­volved in­clude the Med­i­cal and Health Work­ers Unions of Nige­ria (MHWUN), Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria Nurses and Mid­wives (NANNM), Se­nior Staff As­so­ci­a­tion of Uni­ver­si­ties, Teach­ing Hos­pi­tals, Re­search In­sti­tutes and As­so­ci­ated In­sti­tu­tions (SSAUTHRIAM), Nige­ria Union of Al­lied Health Pro­fes­sion­als (NUAHP) and Non Aca­demic Staff Union of Ed­u­ca­tional and As­so­ci­ated In­sti­tutes (NASU).

Chair­man of JOHESU, Bio­bele­moye Josiah said the is­sues in dis­pute are: up­ward ad­just­ment of CONHESS salary scale, ar­rears of skip­ping CONHESS 10, em­ploy­ment of ad­di­tional health pro­fes­sion­als, im­ple­men­ta­tion of court judge­ment and up­ward re­view of re­tire­ment age from 60 to 65 years. The protest­ing unions said their mem­ber would with­draw their ser­vices from 12 mid­night to­day un­til the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment im­ple­ment the agree­ment reached with them. The unions said all the state and lo­cal gov­ern­ment health in­sti­tu­tions have been placed on high alert to in­ten­sify the sen­si­ti­sa­tion and mo­bil­i­sa­tion of their mem­bers to­wards the suc­cess­ful pros­e­cu­tion of the in­dus­trial ac­tion.

JOHESU had on Septem­ber 30, 2017 sus­pended a na­tion­wide strike af­ter sign­ing a mem­o­ran­dum of terms of set­tle­ment, which was to be im­ple­mented within five weeks, was reached with Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment.

Bio­bele­moye lamented that it is dis­heart­en­ing and em­bar­rass­ing that six months af­ter sus­pend­ing the ac­tion, Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has not done any­thing tan­gi­ble over the pend­ing is­sues.

Josiah fur­ther ap­pealed to well mean­ing Nige­ri­ans to pre­vail on gov­ern­ment to meet the de­mand of the unions and not wait un­til the sit­u­a­tion de­gen­er­ates. Mean­while, the chair­man, man­age­ment board of Jos Univer­sity Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal (JUTH), Bart Nwibe has urged JOHESU to put on hold its na­tion­wide strike and sheathe its sword as the Fed­eral gov­ern­ment is look­ing into its de­mands with a view to ad­dress­ing them.

Ac­cord­ing to Nwibe, the board had met with the ex­ec­u­tive of JOHESU and all the staff , adding that they were aware of their threat and had also heard their com­plaints.

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