Outcome Of Meeting With FG On Wednesday Will Determine Strike – JOHESU
A proposed meeting between the Federal Government and members of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), the Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHPA) and other stakeholders, slated for Wednesday in Abuja, would likely determine if the strike earlier scheduled by the union will go ahead.
Recall that JOHESU ultimatum for an indefinite strike elapsed on Monday night, but the strike which should have commenced on Tuesday, was put on hold to allow the Federal Government to update the unions on its demands.
The unions came to the resolution at the end of an emergency meeting of the expanded National Executive Council of JOHESU and AHPA on Monday.
In a communique issued at the end of the meeting last night by Ag. National Secretary of JOHESU, Comrade Mathew Ajorutu on behalf of the National Chairman of JOHESU, the unions said the outcome of a meeting with the Federal Government on Wednesday (today) will determine whether if they will proceed on strike or not.
The leadership of JOHESU said it reasoned that it was necessary to give the Federal Government a conducive environment to present an update on developments with regards to the major demands of the unions, especially in the area of adjustment of CONHESS as it was done with CONMESS while also showing evidence-based data of the circularisation of the redress of all highlighted service delivery challenges peculiar to members of JOHESU.
“In a bid to avoid an endless circus show, the leadership of JOHESU needs to make it unambiguously clear that the meeting with the Federal Government on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, will be the ultimate litmus test to evaluate the seriousness of the Federal Government to resolve once and for all, the tortuous subject matter of adjustment of CONHESS which has lingered since January 2, 2014 (almost 8 years) now and also determine the depth of industrial harmony in the Health Sector.
“Finally, NEC-in-Session unanimously adopts a resolution to put on hold the notice of strike action due to expire mid-night today, 4th October 2021 and wait for the outcome of the meeting with Federal Government on 6th October 2021 before issuing a fresh notice of fifteen days,” the communique partly read.
The expanded NEC lauded the federal government for the marginal paradigm shift in resolving some of its demands particularly as it relates to the ongoing payment of outstanding COVID-19 Special Inducement and Hazard Allowance.
“NEC-in-Session lauds the various efforts of JOHESU leaders and members at all levels towards effective mobilisation so far and their avowed commitment to the struggle for better working conditions, improved healthcare services and social justice for all,” the communique added.