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Federal health workers hint on nationwide strike

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By Egufe Yafugborhi

PORT HARCOURT—JOINT Health Sector Union, JOHESU, said weekend, that its members will embark on nationwide strike from April 18, 2018 in all federal medical institutions if the Federal Government fails to comply with salary adjustment structure agreement reached in September last year.

JOHESU President, Biobele Moye disclosed this when he led the union to University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Rivers State, to sensitise stakeholders on the looming industrial action.

He explained that the union’s agreement with the Federal Government on September 30, last year should have been fulfilled in five weeks, regretting that after five months, the Federal Government was yet to commence its implementation.

“We are mindful of the role we play in the medical institutions. It is on this note we decided to give more time. We gave a 21-day compliance notice which expired on February 28 and another 30 working days beginning from March 5 which will end on April 17, 2018.”

Moye noted that after  April 17, all medical workers will down tools in all federal medical institutions nationwide, satisfied that all humanly possible patience had been exhausted.

He recalled that the said agreement had Labour Minister, Secretary to Government of the Federation, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, the President of Nigerian Labour Congress, Chairman, Salary and Income Wages and Accountant General as signatories.

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