Despite the order of the National Industrial Court that the striking Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) should return to work within 24 hours, the union says it remains ‘unmoved’.
The order was issued on Thursday in Abuja by Justice Babatunde Adejumo of the Court.
The order followed an ex-parte motion filed by a Non-Governmental Organisation challenging the industrial action by the health workers.
The NGO, Incorporated Trustees of Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International, in the motion, prayed the court to order the workers to resume work and go back to the negotiation table.
The judge also ordered the ministers of health, as well as labour and employment to immediately set up a committee to address issues raised by the parties.
Responding to the development on Friday, an official of JOHESU said the union was yet to be served with the order, reports Premium Times.
“There is no paper to that effect. It is only on the pages of newspaper and television that we saw it,”,Olatunji Tajudeen, JOHESU Lagos State Council Chairman said. “There should be a notice properly served,” he added.
The official however said the union was “unmoved” by any judgment and that the strike will continue until the workers’ demands were met.
He said the unions’ new demand is that both the ministers of health and labour be “removed”.
Tajudeen described both officials as “biased” in the ongoing negotiations between the union and government.
Meanwhile, JOHESU has directed its members in Lagos, Yobe and Kano to return to work following efforts by the state governments to meet their local demands.
This was confirmed by the Lagos union leader who said, “Yes we have returned to work and opened up our emergency unit following efforts made by our state government to meet our local demands.
“We only do skeletal and emergency response at the moment.”
JOHESU attributed the “slow pace” of the federal government in meeting their demands on a recent threat by medical doctors to withdraw services if government accedes to the union’s demands.
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