Health Workers Issue 2-day Ultimatum

The Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU, a coalition of health care professional associations in Nigeria, has threatened to embark on an indefinite strike action within the next two days if the Federal Government fails to implement previous agreements.

JOHESU in a communiqué issued at the end of its meeting in Abuja and signed by its Chairman, Ayuba Wabba and Secretary, W.G. Yusuf-Badmus, on Monday, said the government’s attitude towards the agreement has been non-committal.

Some of the demands of JOHESU include the non-promotion of its members from salary CONHESS 14-15 as directors having stayed for 4-15 years on the same salary level without promotion in most Federal tertiary hospitals; immediate release of circular on adjustment of salary since January 2014 and immediate payment of at least two months arrears while the remaining is paid after being accommodated in the 2015 budget.

Others include payment of arrears of specialist allowance to qualified hospital based professionals, with effect from January 1, 2010, in line with the National Industrial Court of Nigeria ruling and non-release of harmonized scheme of service for Nurses and Midwives.

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