Health workers begin indefinite strike


Health workers under the aegis of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) have embarked on an indefinite strike over the failure of the Federal Government to meet their demands.

The JOHESU National Vice Chairman, Dr Obinna Ogbonna, made the declaration at a press briefing in Abuja on Thursday, May 25.

Ogbonna directed health workers in the country to stay away from their duty posts pending the time the issues that led to the actions were addressed by the Federal Government.

He said: “It becomes imperative to inform you that since the Federal Government is yet to meet these demands, our members have been directed by the JOHESU National Executive Council to proceed on an indefinite strike action upon expiration of the ultimatum by midnight of May 25, 2023.”May 25, 2023

The leadership of JOHESU had in a letter dated May 9, 2023, issued a 15-day ultimatum to the Federal Government over alleged inconsistencies of the government in the ongoing negotiations to adjust the Consolidated Health Salary Structure for health workers on their platforms.

JOHESU is the umbrella body of health workers’ unions and associations, including the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals, Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, and Senior Staff Association of Universities Teaching Hospitals Research Institutes and Associated Institutions.

The union’s demands include immediate approval and implementation of the Technical Committee Report on CONHESS adjustment by the Federal Government; immediate payment of the omission and shortfall in the COVID-19 hazard/inducement allowances of affected health workers in the federal health institutions and recognition of health workers in non-core hospital facilities in the payment of new hazard allowances and payment and inculcation of peculiar allowances to health workers under the JOHESU/AHPA.

Others are immediate and unconditional implementation of the Pharmacist Consultant cadre; unconditional payment of all withheld salaries of the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri; Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH); Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH); April and May 2018 salaries of members at National Obstetric, Fistula Centre (NOFIC), Azare, Bauchi State; and speedy implementation of the increase in retirement age from 60 to 65 years and 70 years for consultants in the health professions.

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