JUST IN:Health workers declare nationwide strike

Health workers in Nigeria under the auspices of Joint Health Sector Unions have declared a nationwide strike.

The union in a statement on Sunday, asked its members to withdraw services from midnight of Sunday, September 13, 2020.

JOHESU said the strike was necessitated by the inability of the Federal Government to meet its demands.

The statement said leaders of various health unions in the sector unanimously reached the decision at the end of their expanded National Executive Council.

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Solacebase reports that national leader of JOHESU, Biobelemoye Josiah, addressed a news conference last week in Abuja to announce the planned strike.

At the news conference, he demanded a review of the COVID-19 special inducement and hazard allowance as well as the payment of all withheld salaries of their members, including the withheld April and May 2018 salaries.

He said other demands are the adjustment of Consolidated Health Salary Structure, implementation of National Industrial Court of Nigeria consent judgment and other court judgments and an improvement in the structural and infrastructural decay in the health sector.

According to the statement, “In the light of the above, the meeting of our expanded NEC was held Saturday 12 September, 2020. And at the end of the meeting, which was held both physically and virtually, it was unanimously agreed that since nothing concrete was achieved at the said meeting with the Federal Government, that the strike notice is still germane and alive.

“Therefore, the 15-day ultimatum still subsists and with effect from midnight of Sunday, 13th September, 2020 our members shall withdraw their services due to Federal Government’s inability to meet their demands,” the statement added.

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