The leadership of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) has given the Federal Government a 14-day ultimatum to resolve all pending issues with the body; else they will resume their suspended industrial action by Thursday 31 January 2019.
In a 14-day strike notice letter written to the Minister of Labour & Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, JOHESU Chairman, Comrade Biobelemoye Josiah expressed the dissatisfaction of his members with the government, for delaying to fulfill the agreement reached with them some years back.
“In view of the apparent indifference of government to permanently resolve these lingering issues, some of which have persisted for over five years now, the Joint Health Sector Unions by this letter notifies the Federal Government of her resolve to resume the suspended industrial action by Thursday, 31st January, 2019. Having waited for this long it is surprising that the following matters have not been resolved”, Josiah noted.
He highlighted the issues at stake to include : upward adjustment of the Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS); unjustified withholding of the salaries of JOHESU members for the months of April and May, 2018 and headship of hospital departments. Others are non-promotion of members on CONHESS 14 – 15 as Directors in some Federal Health Institutions, and implementation of Consultancy Cadre to JOHESU members.
It will be recalled that JOHESU suspended its 44-day industrial action on 31 May, 2018, due to the untold sufferings of the masses, who could not access healthcare during the prolonged strike, to resume mediation process, but it appears mediation has not yielded their desired results.