Health workers issue fresh 15-day nationwide strike notice

The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and the Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHPA) have issued a fresh 15-day strike notice.

This followed a unanimous resolution adopted by the groups to step down the notice of strike that expired mid-night September 17, and issue a fresh notice of 15 days.

The union had on September 2, issued the federal government a 15-day ultimatum to meet its demands or embark on nationwide strike at the expiry date.

JOHESU’s Acting General Secretary, Mr. Matthew Ajorutu, said this in a communique issued at the end of an expanded National Executive Council (NEC) emergency meeting of the union via Zoom and physical attendance on Friday in Abuja.

The expanded NEC comprises the Presidents and General Secretaries of affiliate unions and professional associations, NEC members of affiliate unions and JOHESU chairmen and secretaries at the state and branch levels.

Ajorutu said that NEC-in-session had critically appraised the reports of JOHESU negotiation and conciliation meetings with the federal government since the declaration of the trade dispute through the 15-day strike notice issued on September 2.

He said that NEC also noted the appeal from President Muhammadu Buhari on the need to show understanding with his administration and the president’s pledge to pay any debt owed health workers.

He said that NEC also received and examined reports of congresses held at various health facilities across the country on the mobilisation for the strike action due to have commenced on September 18.

According to Ajorutu, NEC after long hours of exhaustive deliberations on issues surrounding the planned industrial action, resolved that the Federal Ministry of Health should ensure speedy circularisation of all establishment and welfare matters as agreed during negotiation meetings.

”The federal government should ensure that the new data for the computation of the adjusted Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) for JOHESU members be completed and submitted to the ‘High Level Body (HLB)’ of the FG not later than Wednesday, September 22, as agreed.

“NEC-in-session urges the federal government to ensure that the High Level Body (HLB) completes and submits the computation of the adjusted CONHESS for inclusion in the 2022 budget within September 30, submission window.

”NEC urges the Federal Government to reciprocate the patriotic humanitarian gesture of JOHESU in the interest of the larger Nigerian masses to expeditiously resolve all the demands within the fifteen days window.

”Finally, NEC-in-Session unanimously adopts a resolution to step down the notice of strike action due to expire mid-night September17, and issue a fresh notice of fifteen days,” the communique reads in part.

He further said that NEC commended all members for their commitment and understanding towards the struggle for better working conditions, improved healthcare services and social justice for all. – Thisday.

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