Union leader urges Nigerian govt. to end strike in health sector

The chairman of the University of llorin Teaching Hospital, UITH, chapter of Joint Health Workers Union, JUTH, Odebiyi Kolawole, on Wednesday urged the Federal Government to end the nationwide strike embarked upon by health workers to save the sector from collapse.

He urged the Federal Government to implement the agreement it earlier reached with the union as a lasting solution to the three-week old strike.

Mr. Kolawole appealed to the Federal Government to address the existing discrimination between health workers and medical doctors.

He said the government was giving preferential treatment to the doctors without adequate and commensurate consideration of the welfare of other health workers.

He said the government has failed to abide by the collective bargaining initiative it reached with both health workers and medical doctors by approving a new salary structure for the doctors alone.

The union leader said the action was unfortunate and detrimental to the much desired transformation of the failing health sector.

He said that the ongoing strike was a fallout of the government’s inability to ensure promotion of his members, failure to approve a new salary structure, and refusal to pay arrears of over three years.

Mr. Kolawole said the union was open to dialogue with the government as long as it was ready to do the right thing.

He called for a complete restructuring of the health system so that every worker would be carried along in the scheme of things.


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