Following the alleged failure of the Federal Government to meet up with the Memorandum of Terms of Settlement, which was signed with the health workers under the aegis of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) in September 2017, the body has directed all health workers nationwide to down tool by 18 April, if the government does not redeem her pledge with them.
The National Chairman of JOHESU, Comrade Biobelemoye Joy Joshua, issued the directives on Monday 16 April, at a press conference, organised by the group at the Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria, National Secretariat, Ayuba Wabba House, Abuja.
Joshua who recalled their previous meeting with the government noted that JOHESU suspended her last nationwide strike action on 30 September, 2017, after the signing of the Memorandum of Terms of Settlement, which was to be implemented within five weeks after the date of suspension of the strike.
He however noted that it was shocking that the six months after the suspension of the strike, the Federal Government is yet to do anything tangible over the pending issues, especially on flagship issue of CONHESS adjustment and payment of arrears of CONHESS 10 skipping.
It was on this note he stated thus: “Consequent upon this, therefore, JOHESU has no other choice than to proceed on an indefinite nationwide strike action as from midnight of Tuesday, 17 April ,2018, when the 30-working day is expected to expire”.
Some of the other issues the group is demanding are:
- The upward adjustment of CONHESS salary scale
- Arrears of skipping of CONHESS 10
- Employement of additional health professionals
- The implementation of court judgements
- Upward review of retirement age from 60-65