Strike: Federal health workers issue 15-day ultimatum

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LAGOS — The Joint Health Sector Union, JOHESU, has threatened to embark on nationwide strike if Federal Government fails to implement a mutual agreement on workers welfare and condition of service.

In a letter released yesterday, JOHESU said there was no going back on the strike threat, except the government released appropriate circulars to give effect to all the negotiated issues which includes reconstitution of boards of health institutions, staff promotion from levels 14 to 15 on the consolidated health salary scale for directors, and review of retirement age from 60 to 65 years.

Failure to meet this demand will resort to total withdrawal of services starting from May 19, 2014, the group warned.

The letter entitled: “Notice of 15 Days Final Ultimatum” addressed to the Federal Ministry of Health, FMOH, JOHESU listed their demands to include: Non-skipping of consolidated health salary skill, CONHESS,10, National Health Bill, Presidential committee report on harmony in the health sector and promotion of health professionals from CONHESS 14 to 15.

Other demands are consultancy and specialist allowance, call shift and other professional allowances,  implementation of 2008 Job Evaluation Committee report, re-constitution of boards of management of teaching and other tertiary hospitals and appointment of Ministers of Health.

The letter signed by the Acting Secretary of the union, Comrade Yusuf Badmus, noted that JOHESU decided to embark on the indefinite strike after meeting with its members to deliberate on issues bothering on welfare of members, restructuring of the health sector, National Health Bill and the state of the nation.

According to the letter, despite the series of meetings held with officials of the Federal Ministry of Health to attend to the demands of JOHESU, the demands still loiter.

It said: “In view of the failure of the Federal Government to accede to and fully implement our demands as itemized, the union at the meeting held April 30, 2014 had resolved to give a 15-day ultimatum beginning from Friday, May 2, 2014. We hope that on or before 16th of this month our demand will be met to forestall the impending avoidable industrial action.”

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