Press Conference by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) at the Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria, National Secretariat, Ayuba Wabba House, Abuja, on Monday, 16th April, 2018.
Gentlemen of the Press, we want to use this medium to intimate you of the happenings in the health sector. It is no more news that there is incessant industrial unrest in the health sector which root cause derives from the insensitivity and lackadaisical attitude of the drivers of the health sector.
You will recall the JOHESU suspended her last nationwide strike action on 30th September, 2017, after signing of Memorandum of Terms of Settlement which was to be implemented which five(5) weeks after the date of suspension of the strike.
For the avoidance of doubt, the issues amongst others are:
1. The upward adjustment of CONHESS Salary Scale.
2. Arrears of Skipping of CONHESS 10.
3. Employment of Additional Health Professionals.
4. The Implementation of Court Judgments.
5. Upward review of Retirement Age from 60-65.
However,it is disheartening to note that after six (6) months of the suspension of our last strike and still counting, the Federal Government has not done anything tangible over the pending issues, especially on the flagship issue of CONHESS adjustment and payment of arrears of CONHESS 10 skipping.
JOHESU, as a mature and responsible organisation, gave 21 days notice on 5th of February, 2018, in the first instance, to enable the Federal Government do the needful. At the expiration of the 21 days notice, the leadership of JOHESU reconvened to re-appraise the situation on ground and noted the lackadaisical attitude of the Federal Government towards the implementation of the Memorandum of Terms of Settlement signed on 30th September, 2017.
In furtherance with our mantra as peace lovers who have the interest of the masses at heart, another 30 working days ultimatum was issued to the Federal Government on 5th of March, 2018, to alert the Government of the impending nationwide strike.
However, on Thursday, 5th April, 2018, the Hon. Minister of Labour and Employment invited the leadership of JOHESU to a meeting wherein we were told that our issues were still being looked Into. The leadership reported same to the NEC of JOHESU which upheld the ultimatum issued, since the Government seemed to be taking JOHESU for a ride.
Consequent upon this, therefore, JOHESU has no other choice than to proceed on an indefinite nationwide strike action as from midnight of Tuesday, 17th April, 2018; when the 30-working days is expected to expire.
Therefore, JOHESU Unions hereby direct all her members in Federal Health Institutions all over the country to commence the strike immediately (midnight of Tuesday, 17th April, 2018) unfailingly, States and Local Government Health Institutions are, by this, placed on red alert and are to continue intense sensitization and mobilization of our members.