EKSUTH workers begin strike Monday, labour may join
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.”