The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHPA), has urged the Federal Government to act now before the expiration of its 15 days strike ultimatum issued September 17.
The union in a statement issued on Tuesday by its national chairman, Comrade Biobelemoye Josiah said with the ultimate set to expire in the next few days, it will not hesititate to shutdown services at health facilities across the country as their demands have not been met.
JOHESU hqd stepped down the first notice of strike action which expired mid-night 17th September, 2021 and issued a fresh notice of 15 days which expires Sunday midnight.
The statement reads in part, “It will be recalled that the expanded NEC comprising of the Presidents and General Secretaries of affiliate unions and Professional Associations, NEC members of affiliate unions and JOHESU Chairmen and Secretaries at the State and Branch levels on Friday September 17, 2021, critically appraised the reports of JOHESU negotiation and conciliation meetings with Federal Government since the declaration of the trade dispute through the earlier fifteen days strike notice issued on 2nd September, 2021, which expired on 18th September, 2021.
“The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHPA), wish to remind the Federal Government to act before it is too late On its fresh fifteen day notice.
“We wish also to inform the general public that our NEC noted the appeal from President Muhammadu Buhari on the need to show understanding with his administration and the President’s pledge to pay any debt owed health workers.”
The workers said they are not strike mongers, but blamed the the federal government for not act according to agreements reached.
The union said it has asked the Federal Ministry of Health to ensure speedy circularisation of all establishment and welfare matters as agreed during negotiation meetings.
“We Equally asked the Federal Government to ensure that the new data for the computation of the adjusted Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) for JOHESU members be completed and submitted to the “High Level Body” (HLB) of the FG not later than Wednesday, 22nd September, 2021 as agreed.
“We also urged the Federal Government to ensure that the “High Level Body” (HLB) complete and submit the computation of the adjusted CONHESS for inclusion in the 2022 budget on or before the 30th of September, 2021 submission window.
“We charged the Federal Government to reciprocate the patriotic humanitarian gesture of JOHESU in the interest of the larger Nigerian masses to expeditiously resolve all the demands within the fifteen days window.
“While we push for better welfare and conditions of service for our members, we urge the federal government to reflect the promises of Mr President in the activities relating to our demands to ensure continuous industrial harmony in the health sector.”