Health sector threaten to shutdown soon as JOHESU issues strike notice to Federal Government

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The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Association have threatened to commence an indefinite strike in 15 days if the federal government does not address “outstanding welfare issues”.

JOHESU is the umbrella body for all health workers’ unions and associations.

Biobelemonye Josiah, JOHESU’s national president, issued the strike notice in a letter addressed to Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment, and other relevant stakeholders on Saturday.

He listed some of the welfare issues to include the adjustment of Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHES), payment of all withheld salaries, review of the implementation of COVID-19 special inducement and hazard allowance, increase in retirement age from 60 to 65 years for health workers and 70 years for consultants, among others.

He added: “You will recall that up till the time of writing this letter, the federal government has not deemed it fit to honour the terms of settlement entered into with JOHESU since September 2017.

“This is especially the upward review of CONHESS salary structure as agreed, to be completed within five weeks from the date of agreement amongst other requests.

“Government did not deem it fit to address these key issues during the duration of the last seven days warning strike and has only met with JOHESU on July 12.

“JOHESU, in compliance with the provision of Section 41 of the Trade Disputes Act Cap.T8 LFN 2004, is constrained to give the Federal Government of Nigeria 15 days ultimatum with effect from September 3.

“This also is to inform you that with effect from midnight of September 17, all our members in the federal health institutions shall embark on an indefinite strike action in all state and local government health institutions.

“You are all placed on red alert for the strike if the federal government foot drags in attending to our demands.”



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