Health Workers Threaten Strike Action
Health workers in the country under the umbrella of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), have threatened to resume its suspended strike action.
The union warned that it will resume the strike action suspended on 30th May 2018 if the issues in dispute are not resolved by Thursday, 31st January, 2019.
In a letter addressed to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, JOHESU Chairman, Comrade Biobelemoye Josiah noted: “In view of the apparent indifference of government to permanently resolve these lingering issues, some of which have persisted for over five years now, the Joint Health Sector Unions by this letter notifies the Federal Government of her resolve to resume the suspended industrial action by Thursday, 31st January, 2019.
“Having waited for this long it is surprising that the following matters have not been resolved,” he noted.
The issues been raised by JOHESU include the upward review of the CONHESS Salary structure; unjustified withholding of the salaries of JOHESU members for the months of April and May, 2018 and headship of hospital departments.
Others are non promotion of members on CONHESS 14 – 15 as Directors in some Federal Health Institutions, and implementation of Consultancy Cadre to JOHESU members.
Naija News reports that the threats of a JOHESU strike is coming at a time when government is still battling the strike by university lecturers under the auspices of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as well as the proposed strike by organised labour over the implementation of the new minimum wage for Nigerian workers.