The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) has appealed to the Federal Government to pay its members April and May salary in line with their agreement to suspend their strike. Mr Achimugu Isaiah, the branch Chairman, Federal Medical Centre (FMC Keffi), Nasarawa State, made the call on Wednesday while fielding questions from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) shortly after a congress meeting of the union in Keffi. NAN recalls that JOHESU embarked on an indefinite nationwide industrial action on April 18 and resumed work on May 31. Some of the demands made by the union included upward adjustment of salary scale, employment of additional health professionals, review of retirement age from 60 years to 65 years and implementation of court judgment. JOHESU consists of the National Associa...
Pharm. Bola Adeniran is the Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Lagos State Branch. In this interview with PharmaTimes WAIRE EMONEFE, she speaks on the lingering issue of strike actions in the health sector and the reasons behind it. The health sector is in a continuous cycle of strikes. What really is the main reason for these reoccurring strike actions? Thank you very much. What would you expect in a country where there is injustice, lack of equity, and unfairness? A country where people are being treated as animals, in every sector not just the health sector. I would need to give you the history of the whole issue, so that you can appreciate what is being discussed. The people on strike now are in the public service, they are employees of the government. Governme
The Senate has intervened in the ongoing industrial action embarked upon by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), in a bid to end the strike and make the nation’s hospitals functional once again. The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, after a meeting with the leadership of JOHESU yesterday (Thursday) where he listened to their grievances and demands, today (Friday) met with the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole and the Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige, to hear their own side of the issue. While meeting with the JOHESU leadership led by its Chairman, Comrade Biobelemonye Joseph, the President of the Senate, had pledged that the Senate would ensure that the right thing is done to
Some health workers under the Delta State chapter, Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), yesterday besieged the Eku Government Hospital, Eku, evicted patients and put the hospital under lock and key. Members of the union, reportedly drove to the hospital in a white bus on high speed, went into the hospital and ordered health workers to stop attending to patients. Vanguard reports that members of the union besieged the hospital in the afternoon and evicted patients and doctors in compliance to the strike called upon by the national body of JOHESU. A source was quoted as saying that, “The task force members of the Union came into Eku this afternoon and threw all our patients out. Even patients that cannot even walk were also thrown out of their wards before locking the hospital.”
The Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU and Assembly of Health Care Professionals, AHPA, of the Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital, FNPH, Branch, Calabar, Cross River State, have given the Federal Government an ultimatum to pay the promotion arrears of their members from 2014 till date. They gave the ultimatum which will expire on December 31, in a communiqué at the end of their joint congress held yesterday in Calabar. Briefing newsmen after the meeting, Mr. Ken Bassey, Secretary of JOHESU/Chairman, Senior Staff Association, FNHP, Calabar, said that the attention of the office of the Accountant General of the Federation had been drawn to the unpaid promotion arrears of its member from 2014 till date. The unions also called on the Federal Government to immediately and unconditional