JOHESU to commence nationwide strike April 17

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The leadership of the Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU has intimated of the looming strike in the Health sector from the 17th of next month if the federal government fails to honour the terms of agreements with the Union at different fora since 2009.

The union specifically mentioned the agreement reached on the 30th of September, 2017 which had a time frame of five weeks.

At a sensitization and mobilization meeting held with its members nationwide at the premises of the Jos University Teaching Hospital, JUTH urged members to brace up for the tough time ahead stressing that even if government adopt the no work, no pay policy, the strike will be total until all demands are met.

Speaking the even shortly after paying a visit to the Chief Medical Director, CMD of JUTH, Professor Edmund Banwat, the National Vice-Chairman of JOHESU, Dr. Ogbonna Obinna reminded them that no one forced the federal government to enter into the agreements with the Union, hence if the Union kept their parts by calling off earlier strike actions, the government should keep theirs by meeting the demands.
He said, “The essence of this mobilization and sensitization is to call the attention of the government to our lingering issues on their table, in 2009, there was a collective bargaining agreement with government but issues raised are not seriously addressed, in 2012, the federal government gave full assurance our issues would be attended to, the story did not changed in 2014 and in 2017.

“The issues we raised were supposed to be addressed within five weeks but till now, nothing has been done. We had earlier issued a 30 working days ultimatum from March 5, 2018 and it will expire on the 17thof April, 2018. If by that date nothing concrete is done, we shall embark on total strike from the federal to the local government.”

National Vice- Chairman of the health union,Ogbonna Obinna said the federal government must act responsibly by keeping to the terms it signed with the union, when they called off the last industrial action.

In his response, the CMD of JUTH, Professor Edmund Banwat who received the leadership of the Union, appealed to them to exercise patience saying, “Unionism in the health sector should not be equated with that of other sectors because lives are involved” and urged them to imbibe “continuous engagement and make confrontation the last option.”

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