JOHESU begins nationwide strike after deadlock talks with FG

JOHESU begins nationwide strike after deadlock talks with FG

- Health worker on the platform of the Joint Health Sector Unions(JOHESU) have decided to embark on a nationwide strike

- This came after the leadership of JOHESU issue an order for worker across Nigeria to begin strike from Sunday, September 13

- JOHESU revealed that its decision was influenced by a deadlock meeting with the federal government

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The leadership of the Joint Health Sector Unions(JOHESU) on Sunday, September 13, instructed its workers throughout Nigeria to down their tools.

JOHESU disclosed that is latest decision came after the federal government in a conciliatory meeting held on Saturday, September 12, failed to give a concrete promise to meet its conditions.

According to the health union, the nationwide strike will commence from the night of Sunday, The Nation reports.

JOHESU begins nationwide strike after deadlock talks with FG
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Part of the statement from JOHESU chairman, Biobelemoye Josiah, that conveyed the order read: " 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.

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“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 the federal government’s inability to meet their demands.”

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The said meeting was attended by senior members of JOHESU, the minister of state, labour, Festus Keyamo (SAN); the minister of state, Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, and the minister for labour and employment, Chris Ngige.

Meanwhile, reported that JOHESU was threatening to down tools about a week after the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) suspended its strike amid the coronavirus pandemic.

JOHESU stated that there is discrimination against its members in the implementation of the newly approved inducement and hazard allowances for medical workers. The association was also protesting among other issues, the alleged withheld salaries of its members.

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The Nigerian government had promised a special COVID-19 hazard and inducement allowance of 50 per cent of consolidated basic salary to health workers in Nigerian Teaching Hospitals, Federal Medical Centres (FMCs), and designated COVID-19 centres.

Prior to this, health workers receive N5,000 as hazard pay across board.

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