Health workers write govt, give notice to resume strike

Health workers across the country are planning to resume their strike which was suspended mid last year

The workers under the Joint Health Sectors Union (JOHESU), in a letter addressed to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, reminded the federal government that the strike was suspended with hopes that the government would address pending issues.

But the group said it had ran out of patience waiting for the fulfilment of the promises made by the federal government.

It then resolved to resume strike on the 31st of January.

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The letter reads, “You will recall that the Joint Health Sector Union suspended her industrial action on May 30, 2018.

“Having waited for this long, it is surprising that the following matters have not been resolved: upward adjustment of CONHESS salary structure, unjustified withholding of the salaries of JOHESU members for the months of April and May 2018, headship of hospital departments, non-promotion of our members on CONHESS 14–15 as directors in some federal health institutions and implementation of consultancy cadre for our members.

“In view of the apparent indifference of the government to permanently resolve these lingering issues, some of which have persisted for over five years now, JOHESU, by this letter, notifies the Federal Government of her resolve to resume the suspended industrial action by Thursday, January 31, 2019 if the issues in dispute are not resolved.”

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