…JOHESU ISSUES A 15-DAY STRIKE NOTICE TO FG
The Healthcare Sector is set for total shutdown as the joint Health sector unions,JOHESU And Assembly Of Healthcare Professionals issue a 15 day strike Notice to the Federal Government from Friday, September 3, 2021
The ultimatum is contained in a letter addressed to the Minister of Health, Osagie Enahire, was signed by JOHESU national Chairman, Biobèlemoye Josiah, Executives and affiliates of Assembly Of Healthcare Professionals.
Copies of the letter which have been sent to the SGF, the National Assembly, The Head Of Service reads that in compliance with the provisions of Section 41 of the
Trade Disputes Act Cap. T8 LFN, 2004, the unions are constrained to inform you that with effect from midnight of Friday
September 17, 2021 all members in the Federal Health Institutions shall
embark on an indefinite strike, while State and Local Government health
institutions are placed on red alert to join the strike if the Federal Government
foot drags in aftending to their demands.
JOHESU noted it has always
exhibited maturity, selflessness and patriotism even in the face of extreme
provocafions and governmenf’s non-challant aftitude to the welfare of its
members and thinks that this has been taken for granted, following the inability of Federal Government To Keep To Agreement Reached.
JOHESU Says the fifteen day ultimatum is necessitated by the nonchalant bias and
lackadaisical attitude of the Federal Government fo the plight of Health workers, in spite of benevolence and long notice given on its issues.
It says the Federal Ministry of Health and Federal Ministry of Labour and
Employment cotinue to give the impression that JOHESU members do not
have capacity to endure hunger as they are vulnerable and poor, a perception that
is untrue and will be put fo test in the weeks ahead if government remains adamant.
Some demands of JOHESU include; wrongful payment for June 2020 Salary following April and May Shortfall.
Delay in rectifying omissions in payment of COVID-19 Special Inducement and Hazard allowance as promised.
Failure of Federal Government to honour Terms of Settlement entered on September 30, 2017, which is centered on upward review of Consolidated Health Salary Structure, CONHESS,agree to be completed within five weeks from September 30,2017.
The Health workers are also demanding for the Establishment Of Regulatory Councils For Dieticians, Medical Social Workers And Clinical Psychologists.
Non payment of skipping and promotions allowances as well as non-implemention of skipping in Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.
Proper implementation if the consultant Pharmacist Cadre for Pharmacists in public sector and proper placement of Nurses Graduates and Interns.
Non payment of actual 30% consolidated Basic shift duty allowance to Nurses and Midwives as well as non payment of teaching allowances to Nurses and Midwives on CONHESS 7 and 8.
Others are increase of retirement age for Health workers from 60 to 65 years and 70 for consultants.
Upward review of hazard allowance from N5,000 and payment of all withheld April and May 2018 Salaries of workers following the enforcement. Of “No Work, No Pay” when the union embarked on strike.