NLC says health workers will soon embark on indefinite strike

NLC says health workers will soon embark on indefinite strike

- NLC has disclosed that some health workers in the country may likely embark on an industrial action

- The president of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba called on the federal government to meet the demands of the workers to avoid the strike

- The labour leader also advised the government to invest in the health sector

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has warned that the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) may embark on an industrial action soon if their outstanding salaries are not paid.

The warning was given by the president of NLC, Ayuba Wabba during a press briefing at the labour house in Abuja, Daily Trust reported.

NLC says health workers will soon embark on indefinite strike
Wabba calls on FG to resolve its dispute with health workers. Photo credits: @ituc_africa

He urged the federal government to pay the two months' salaries owed the health workers arising from an industrial dispute in 2018 to avert the strike.

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Wabba said:

“The recent 7 days warning strike by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) to resolve the outstanding issues is yet to receive the attention of government and a social dialogue meeting on this matter is yet to be convened.”
The labour leader advised the government to conclude negotiations on salary adjustment for JOHESU members in line with alternative dispute resolution processes of National Industrial Court of Nigeria."

He also urged the authorities in Nigeria to invest heavily in the health sector and end medical tourism.

In another report, the NLC has asked the federal and state governments to release all COVID-19 palliatives still stored in warehouses across the country.

This was contained in a statement sent to journalists on Monday, October 26 and signed by the NLC president, Comrade Ayubba Wabba. The NLC said giving out the palliatives will serve the needy in the society.

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Meanwhile, the federal government has continued with the implementation of the Economic Sustainability Plan.

A statement from the office of the vice president says the payment of N30,000 one-time grant to 330,000 artisans across the country is now in progress.

The initiative is under the economic sustainability plan of the federal government supervised by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

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