EKSUTH work­ers be­gin strike Mon­day, labour may join

The Punch - - NEWS - Abio­dun Nejo, Ado Ek­iti

The Chair­man, Joint health Sec­tor Unions, ek­iti State Univer­sity Teach­ing hos­pi­tal, Ado ek­iti branch, Omo­tola Faro­timi, on Thurs­day said in­dus­trial ac­tion would start in the school from Mon­day if the hos­pi­tal man­age­ment did not ac­cede to the work­ers’ re­quests on their dis­en­gaged mem­bers by Sun­day.

This is just as the or­gan­ised labour in the state said it would call out work­ers across the state to join the strike in sym­pa­thy with the health work­ers at EKSUTH.

Faro­timi, who spoke with jour­nal­ists in Ado ek­iti af­ter a congress of JOHESU, wit­nessed by the sec­re­taries of Nige­ria Labour Congress, Taiwo Akinyemi; Trade Union Congress, Ku­loo­gun Lawrence; and Joint Ne­go­ti­at­ing Coun­cil, Gbenga Olowoyo, said the hos­pi­tal work­ers’ new three­day ul­ti­ma­tum would ex­pire on Sun­day.

EKSUTH had on De­cem­ber 31, 2019, fol­low­ing rec­om­men­da­tion of the hu­man re­sources au­dit panel, dis­en­gaged some work­ers for sundry al­le­ga­tions in­clud­ing im­proper employment, mis­con­duct and un­avail­abil­ity for staff ver­i­fi­ca­tion.

But JOHESU, which said the work­ers’ dis­en­gage­ment did not fol­low pub­lic ser­vice rule, drew the bat­tle line with the man­age­ment which it urged to fol­low the due process.

Faro­timi said, “Although the man­age­ment has re­called some of the af­fected work­ers, there is still is­sue with the set of peo­ple who were dis­en­gaged based on modal­i­ties that there was em­bargo on employment from July to De­cem­ber 2018. These set of given let­ters of dis­en­gage­ment.

“The man­age­ment said they have told some work­ers to re­turn to their duty posts, but we don’t want ver­bal as­sur­ance, let them back it with a let­ter and this must be done be­fore Sun­day.

“We have given the man­age­ment an­other ex­ten­sion of three days and it will end on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 12, and if noth­ing is done be­fore that day, there will be to­tal shut­down of the sys­tem at EKSUTH from Mon­day.”

JNC Sec­re­tary, Olowoyo, who spoke on be­half of the or­gan­ised labour, said there might be sym­pa­thy strike from other sec­tors of the civil ser­vice should EKSUTH man­age­ment al­lowed the strike to com­mence.

Olowoyo said, “We are giv­ing a to­tal back­ing to this pro­posed strike, be­cause you can’t hood­wink peo­ple with a stage-man­aged re­port, it has to be eval­u­ated.

“There will be sym­pa­thy strike from all work­ers be­cause they are un­happy about the way our peo­ple were given sack­ing let­ters on De­cem­ber 31, 2019, when they were in cel­e­bra­tion mood. They want us to re­sort to suicide, we won’t al­low that to hap­pen.”

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