Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly of Health Care Professionals (JOHESU) on Wednesday, gave the Federal Government 7-day to implement the 2012 agreement or they would commence Indefinite strike.
Biobelemoye Josiah, JOHESU National Chairman, who disclosed this in Abuja, on the decision of the unions to down tools as from midnight of Wednesday 20th September, 2017, if their demands are not met on or before the date.
The proposed strike is with the code name ‘Operation Aligator bite’.
According to Josiah, “By a letter dated 11th September, 2017, Ref. No. DHS\821\Vol II\82, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, called JOHESU for a meeting by 2pm of Tuesday , 12th September, 2017 in the Minister’s Conference Room, in Abuja. Despite the short notice, we were there waited till 3:30pm but the Minister was not ready for us so we left.
“The issues include, adjustment of CONHESS salary as done for CONMESS since January 2014, abolition of scale promotion, payment of outstanding arrears promotion,skipping and relativity, autonomy for teaching and specialist hospitals, implementation of all court judgements, and review of retirement age from 60 – 65 years as done for the tertiary education sector.
“We are therefore left with no option than to give a final seven days ultimatum with effect from Thursday 14th September, 2017 and if by midnight of Wednesday, 20th September, 2017 our demands are not met, all our members nationwide are called upon to embark on indefinite total strike action.”