Health workers in the country today commenced the three-day warning strike ordered by the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), over government’s failure to address any of the issues being discussed by the two parties.
Following the strike, activities at federal government hospitals were paralysed on Tuesday as the workers complied fully to the directive of their union.
The union said it was agonized when an appraisal meeting between both sides on January 16 showed the health ministry “has virtually not implemented any of the issues in contention”.
In a communique issued by the Chairman, JOHESU, Dr. Ayuba Wabba, the union stated that the warning strike is to protest acts of industrial violations, injustice and deprivations of their members by the Federal Ministry of Health.”
Similarly, Chairman, JOHESU, National Orthopaedics Hospital Igbobi chapter, Comrade Motunrayo Awe, at a rally at the hospital accused the government of non-compliance with the National Industrial Court’s judgment on appointment of other health professionals as consultants and the payment of specialist allowance.
Awe added that the review of retirement age from 60 to 65 years had been agreed since May 2013 for workers in tertiary health institutions, like their counterparts in the universities with whom they share similar conditions of service, but without claim the health sector is yet to get a positive action from government.