Health Workers’ Threaten To Extend Strike Action

Health Workers’ Threaten To Extend Strike Action
November 20 05:19 2014 Print This Article

medical_doctors_fpThe Health sector my be brought to a total halt if the Federal Government fails to address the pending issues between it and the workers.

Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), the umbrella body of all health workers and other professional in the health sector Wednesday said with no further headway in resolving the issues of dispute, the union might be forced to extend the ongoing strike to secondary and primary healthcare facilities.

JOHESU commenced a nationwide strike action to press on the government to fulfil it promises onissues relating to implementation of collective bargaining agreement, full implementation of judgement and implementation of outstanding demands.

Briefing Journalists in Abuja, JOHESU president, Dr.Ayuba Wabba said the union was not considering calling off the strike until all the issues in the dispute were addressed.
Wabba noted that no aspect of the issues have been addressed; stressing that “all have been pending.”

He warned that the ongoing strike action which has been restricted to tertiary health institutions should the government continue to treat the issue with kids gloves.

“We cannot pretend and limit our members that are in the secondary and primary health care centres because they are slso affected. You will not be surprised if we now direct our members at the various primary and secondary health care centres to join. This is because we demonstrated enough commitment and enough time to look at these issues.”

“JOHESU have overly been patient in the face of glaring injustice, insensitivity and extreme provocation by the federal government. We have been longsuffering, matured and over patriotic which also has its limits. The strike currently going on is therefore as a matter of last resoert to address government’s lack of commitment, reciprocsl good will extended to it by JOHESU in resolving our demands on a permsnent basis.

“None of the issues under contention has been fully implemented, including court pronouncement. And therefore in industrial relation, it takes two to tangle, our members cannot perpetually remain under boundage were other’s demand are treated with dispatched and with seriousness and our members interest is usually not attended to.

“You can see that from the submission I made, we have demonstrated enough commitment to industrial peace and harmony and certainly these are issues that are already on public dormain and it is our request that the public should bear with us.

“Yes , we realise the fact we provide very essential services and in most cases very critical, but in this circumstance having gone through the records, we need to be highly commended. It is important also for us to state that until and when these issues are resolved, the strike will be indefinite.

” We are also contemplating how our secondary health institutions and primary health institutions will join the action. Before now we have tried to limit the action to tertiary health facilities, realising that even in war situation, we give consideration to certain issues but with the lack of commitment being demonstrated by government and a lot of falsehood, I think we need to make this point clear.”

He, howver disputed media repoert thst they earlier conteplated calling off the strike.

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