Health workers begin nationwide strike today

JOHESU nationwide strike

The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) has directed its members in all Federal Health institutions nationwide to commence nationwide strike from Tuesday midnight April 17, 2018.This followed the Federal Government’s failure to implement agreement signed with the unions.

The five health sector unions that make up JOHESU are, 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).

The unions also placed on red alert on 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.

JOHESU had on September 30, 2017 suspended the nationwide strike after signing a memorandum of terms of settlement, which was to be implemented within five weeks.

Speaking with journalists on the development, chairman of JOHESU, Biobelemoye Josiah said the issues were upward adjustment of CONHESS salary scale, arrears of skipping CONHESS 10, employment of additional health professionals, implementation of court judgement and upward review of retirement age from 60-65.

He said it was disheartening that six months after suspending the action, the Federal Government had failed to implement terms of agreements.

The union said since the Federal Government seemed not to take health workers seriously, it had no choice but to embark on strike.

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