Health work­ers be­gin na­tion­wide strike to­day

The Punch - - NEWS - Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja

FED­ERAL health work­ers under the aegis of the Joint health Sec­tor Unions says it will on Tues­day (to­day) em­bark on an in­def­i­nite strike fol­low­ing the fail­ure of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to im­ple­ment the agree­ment it reached with health work­ers last year.

JOHESU said this in a state­ment signed by its Na­tional Chair­man, Bio­bele­moye Josiah; and its Na­tional Sec­re­tary, Flo­rence Ekpe­bor, on Mon­day.

The union re­called that it called off its na­tion­wide strike on Septem­ber 30, 2017 af­ter sign­ing the mem­o­ran­dum of terms of set­tle­ment which was to be im­ple­mented within five weeks af­ter the date of sus­pen­sion of the strike.

It noted that its main de­mands in­cluded an up­ward re­view of the Con­sol­i­dated health Salary Struc­ture, em­ploy­ment of ad­di­tional health work­ers, the im­ple­men­ta­tion of court judg­ments and the up­ward re­view of the re­tire­ment age from 60 to 65.

JOHESU said it con­tin­ued to re­mind the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment of its prom­ise and even gave a 30-day ul­ti­ma­tum which is ex­pected to lapse on Tues­day (to­day).

The union said since the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment seemed not to take health work­ers se­ri­ously, it had no choice but to em­bark on strike.

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