Strike: JOHESU, AHPA issue FG fresh 15-day ultimatum

The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHPA) have issued a fresh 15-day strike notice to the government.

This followed a unanimous resolution adopted by the two groups to step down the notice of strike due to expire at midnight on September 17, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

The unions had on September 2 issued the Federal Government a 15-day ultimatum to meet its demands after which they would embark on nationwide strike at the expiry date.

Speaking on Friday after its Expanded National Executive Council (NEC) emergency meeting which held both virtually and physically in Abuja, the JOHESU Acting General Secretary, Chief Matthew Ajorutu, said that the council had critically appraised the reports of JOHESU’s negotiation and conciliation meetings with the Federal Government since the declaration of the trade dispute through the 15-day strike notice issued on September 2.

The expanded NEC comprises the presidents and general secretaries of affiliate unions and professional associations, NEC members of affiliate unions, and JOHESU chairmen and secretaries at the state and branch levels.

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In a communiqué, Ajorutu said NEC also noted the appeal from President Muhammadu Buhari on the need to show understanding with his administration and the President’s pledge to pay any debt owed health workers.

He said NEC also received and examined reports of congresses held at various health facilities across the country on the mobilisation for the strike action due to commence at 12 midnight on September 18.

According to Ajorutu, NEC after long hours of exhaustive deliberations on issues surrounding the planned industrial action,  resolved that the Federal Ministry of Health should ensure speedy circularisation of all establishment and welfare matters as agreed during negotiation meetings.

He said, “The Federal Government should ensure that the new data for the computation of the adjusted Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) for JOHESU members be completed and submitted to the High Level Body (HLB) of the Federal Government not later than Wednesday, September 22, as agreed.

“NEC-in-Session urges the Federal Government to ensure that the High Level Body completes and submits the computation of the adjusted CONHESS for inclusion in the 2022 budget within the September 30th submission window.

“NEC urges the Federal Government to reciprocate the patriotic humanitarian gesture of JOHESU in the interest of the larger Nigerian masses to expeditiously resolve all the demands within the 15-day window.

“Finally, NEC-in-Session unanimously adopts a resolution to step down the notice of strike action due to expire midnight September 17 and issue a fresh notice of 15 days.”

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