By Nnamdi Ojiego
Health workers under the auspices of Joint Health Sector Union, JOHESU yesterday called of its nationwide strike following the order of Industrial Court to suspend the action pending the determination of the case before it.
The union also called for the immediate removal of the Health Minister, Onyebuchi Chukwu for incompetency.
Acting National Chairman of JOHESU, Comrade Felix Faniran in an interview with vanguard said the suspension was to allow speedy hearing of the case brought by the Federal government before the industrial court, stressing that court had promised accelerated hearing of the case within 3 months.
It would be recalled that the health workers on Tuesday, September 19 closed down some medical facilities across the country as they began an indefinite nationwide strike to protest the non-payment of Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) to the medical and health workers.
Series of meetings have been held between the union’s leadersship and government representatives to resolve the impasse but have not been able to reach a compromise
Meanwhile, the workers are calling for the removal of The Minister of health, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu for allowing the crisis to degenerate this far. To this end, the union is planning a match in Abuja to press home their demand for the minister’s removal.