Health workers begin strike today, 14 September

Following the inability of the Federal Government and the Joint Health Sector Unions to resolve the labour dispute that has lingered for years, the union has resolved to proceed on its planned strike with effect from midnight of Sunday, September 13, 2020.

This decision was reached at the expanded National Executive Council meeting of the union held on Saturday.

This directive by the Union’s leadership is coming hours after the Federal Government on instructed member unions of the JOHESU not to join the strike.

In a swift response by JOHESU, contained in a three-paragraph letter dated September 12, titled, ‘Re: Notice of 15-day ultimatum/outcome of JOHESU expanded NEC meeting,’ insisted it was going on with the planned strike as nothing was achieved in the conciliatory meeting.

The memo sent to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, was signed by JOHESU President, Biobelemoye Josiah; Secretary-General, Dr Silas Adamu; President of Senior Staff Association of Universities Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes, Dr Benjamin Akintola; General Secretary, Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals, Martin Egbanubi, among others.

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