Nigerian Health workers suspend 21-day strike ultimatum

The union said the 21 day strike ultimatum was put on hold because the president intervened
The Joint Health Staff Union, JOHESU, on Friday suspended its proposed nationwide strike following  the presidency’s  intervention.

The union is demanding for improved working condition for its members.

The Chairman, Nigeria University Allied Health Professionals,
University College Hospital, UCH, Olusegun Sotiloye, confirmed this in Ibadan.

He said that the 21-day ultimatum given to the Federal Government to meet the union’s demands had  been put in abeyance.

Mr. Sotiloye, a physiotherapist, said it became imperative for the
union to put the ultimatum on hold since  the presidency waded into the issue.

He said that the implementation process for the Consolidated Health Salary Structure, CONHESS, 10  was underway.

“The directives given by the National Industrial Court to implement the non-skipping of salary CONHESS 10, which has been the cause of incessant strike in tertiary health institutions,  is being processed by the Federal Government.

“We are 100 per cent optimistic that all our demands would be met since the president is looking into our matter,” he said.

Reacting to the development, Adefolarin Malomo, the Oyo State Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, advised the Federal Government to consider the basis for increased remuneration to workers and increased allocation in the health sector.

(NAN)

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