JOHESU suspends warning strike

The Joint Health Sector Unions have suspended their seven-day nationwide warning strike.

The National Chairman of JOHESU, Mr. Josiah Biobelemoye disclosed this in a statement released at the end of its expanded National Executive Council meeting in Abuja, on Sunday.

The JOHESU chairman directed all members of the union to return to work by Sept. 21, adding that its members should also await further directives from the leadership of the union.

Recall that members of JOHESU and the Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations had embarked on a seven-day warning strike to press on its demands from the Federal Government.

JOHESU’s demands included addressing the disparity in the payment of hazard and inducement allowances to workers in the frontline fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

JOHESU national chairman in the statement said: “I bring fraternal greetings to you from the entire members of the Joint Health Sector Unions and the Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations.

“This is to bring to your notice that the 7-day nationwide warning strike embarked upon by the members of the Joint Health Sector Unions would come to an end midnight of today, Sept. 20.

“By this notice, all health workers under the five Unions that make up Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations shall return to work on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, across all Federal Health Institutions in the country.

“However, the Federal Government through the Ministry of Health has continued to exhibit a high level of bias/discrimination by refusing to address the demands of our members as presented by JOHESU within the seven days of the warning strike as was done to other bodies in the health sector.

“The next line of action would be decided in due course by the expanded National Executive Council of JOHESU.”

He also alleged that rather than call JOHESU for dialogue to resolve the trade dispute, the Federal Government resorted to intimidation and blackmail of the union leaders using all forms of instruments and faceless organisations.

He further said that JOHESU would continue to use all legitimate means to defend the rights and demands for the welfare of its members in the health sector.

“Nigerians should bear us witness that JOHESU has shown high patriotism by demanding that the public health system in Nigeria is sustained and adequately financed for effective, efficient and affordable healthcare service delivery.

“In line with the resolution of the expanded NEC meeting held physically and virtually today, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, I hereby declare that the seven days warning strike is suspended.

“All our members are directed to resume work by Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, while awaiting further directives.

“Finally, I wish to thank all the leaders at all strata and members for their commitment, selflessness, cooperation and resilience during the seven days warning strike,” Biobelemoye said.

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