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Health workers under the auspices of Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) will tomorrow commence a nationwide indefinite strike unless the Federal Government within 24 hours fulfilled an agreement earlier reached with the on its demands. Addressing newsmen yesterday in Abuja, JOHESU National President, Biobelemoye Josiah, directed all members of the union at state and local government levels to comply with the decision of the union to down tools as from 12 midnight today.

Lamenting what it described as ‘lackadaisical attitude’ of the Federal Government in honouring the terms of a memorandum of settlement signed by both parties since September 30, 2017, the union insisted that the decision to down tools was coming at an expiration of a 30-day ultimatum earlier issued to government in March. He explained that JOHESU had initially given 21 days’ notice on February 5, to enable the government do the needful.

He said at the expiration of the 21 days’ notice, the leadership of the union met and issued another 30 working days ultimatum to alert the government of the impending strike. Josiah said: “It is disheartening to note that after six months of the suspension of our last strike and still counting, the Federal Government hasnotdoneanythingtangible over the pending issues, especially on the flagship issue of CONHESS adjustment and payment of arrears of CONHESS 10 skipping.

“On Thursday, April 5, the Minister of Labour and Employment invited the leadership of JOHESU to a meeting wherein we were told our issues were still being looked into.

The leadership reported same to the NEC of JOHESU, which upheld the ultimatum issued, since government seemed to be taking JOHESU for a ride. “Consequent upon this, JOHESU has no other choice than to proceed on an indefinite nationwide strike action from midnight of Tuesday, April 17; when the 30 working days is expected to expire.

“Therefore, JOHESU unions hereby direct all her members in federal health institutions all over the country, to commence the strike immediately midnight of Tuesday, April 17, unfailingly. “States and local government health institutions are by this placed on red alert and are to continue intense sensitisation and mobilisation of our members for possible entry into the fray if the government foot drags in attending to our demands.

Worried by the effect of the industrial action on the citizenry, the union had called on traditional leaders, elder statesmen, opinion leaders and the general public, to prevail on government to meet their demands by honouring the Memorandum of Terms of Settlement voluntarily entered into September last year.

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