The Joint Health Sector Union, JOHESU, has directed its members in all Federal Health institutions nationwide to commence indefinite strike from Tuesday midnight April 17, 2018.
The five health sector unions that comprise JOHESU are 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.
This followed the Federal Govt’s failure to implement the agreement entered into with the unions.
The unions also placed on red alert in all the states and local government health institutions to continue sensitisation and mobilisation of members for possible entry, should government foot drag in attending to demand by members.
National President of MHWUN and Chairman of JOHESU, Biobelemoye Josiah, who addressed newsmen in Abuja, Monday, listed the issues as upward adjustment of CONHESS salary scale, arrears of skipping CONHESS 10, employment of additional health professionals, implementation of court judgment and upward review of retirement age from 60-65.
Biobelemoye said, “JOHESU, as a mature and responsible organisation, gave a 21-day notice on February 5, 2018, in the first instance, to enable government do the needful.
“At the expiration of the 21-day notice, JOHESU leadership reconvened to reappraise the situation on ground and noted the lackadaisical attitude of the federal government towards the implementation of the Memorandum of Terms of Settlement signed on September 30, 2017.
“In furtherance with our mantra as peace lovers, who have the interest of the masses at heart, another 30 working days ultimatum was issued to the federal government on March 5, 2018, to alert government of the impending nationwide strike.
“Consequent upon this, JOHESU has no other choice than to proceed on an indefinite nationwide strike as from midnight of Tuesday, April 17, 2018; when the 30 working days is expected to expire”.