The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) yesterday has given the federal government till January 31 as the deadline to resolve all disputes, and meet the unions’ outstanding demands, or face industrial action. This was made known by the JOHESU’s National Chairman, Mr. Josiah Biobelemoye, in Lagos
Biobelemoye said that the government had failed to adjust college skills for its members. He also said the government had withheld April and May 2018 salaries of some union members that participated in the last strike. Other demands by JOHESU include the age-long struggle for recognition of consultancy cadre for eligible health workers and other outstanding allowances.
Josiah said the unions would be compelled to embark on strike, if the government failed to meet its demands by January 31. He said the government breached its agreement with the unions after the last year’s strike, that none of its members should be sanctioned.
Also, Mr. Olumide Akintayo, an Executive Member, Assembly of Healthcare Professional Association, said that health professionals would continue to remind themselves that healthcare should be globally-inclined service, with norms and values.
According to Akintayo, what we have in the health sector in Nigeria is driven exclusively by medical doctors, and that is why we shall continue to contend with negative health issues.