LAGOS — Striking health workers at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, yesterday, vowed to continue with their three-month-old strike until their demands are met.
Mr. Kehinde Adegoke, the LUTH chapter chairman, Senior Staff Association of Universities Teaching Hospitals, Research and Allied Institutes, SSAUTHRAI, announced this in Lagos.
“The management claimed that from Accountant General’s office, they are no longer paying uniform allowance.
“That government said that they were no longer paying uniform allowance.
“If you say that you are not going to pay again, pay that which has been there on the ground.
“That is what we are demanding for and that is where our members are standing.
“So, we hope that National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, NANNM, executive will be able to collate how many of their members are yet to get, because in the health sector, uniform allowance is only applicable to the nurses.”
“We are tired of promises upon promises by LUTH management which have not yielded any positive result,” Adegoke added.
He spoke on the outcome of Wednesday’s meeting between the management and the leaders of Joint House Unions and Associations, JHUA.
According to reports, the workers, at the end of the meeting, staged a peaceful protest within the hospital premises to register their grievances.
Adegoke said that since both sides had failed to reach any compromise, the health workers would continue with the strike which began on December 30.
The health workers had come together under the aegis of JHUA to address common problems and demand for better welfare.
Healthcare services at LUTH, yesterday, remained paralysed as the workers continued with the strike in spite of the management’s plea that they should suspend their industrial action.
The JHUA comprises the Medical and Health Workers Union, MWHUN, and SSAUTHRAI.
Other associations involved in the strike are the Non Academic Staff Union, NASU, and NANNM.