Health workers set to go on strike, give FG 2-weeks ultimatum

Health workers set to go on strike, give FG 2-weeks ultimatum

The Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations have issued a 15-day strike ultimatum to the Federal Government.

This was made known in a letter addressed to the Federal Ministry of Health and signed by the National Secretary, Matthew Ajorotu.

The associations said the need for the potential is due to the alleged inconsistencies by the government in the on-going talks to adjust the Consolidated Health Salary Structure for health workers on their platforms.

The workers stated that the “recent communication from the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) which attempted to sabotage the laudable report of the Technical Committee on the Adjustment of CONHESS as was done for CONMESS, by claiming its implementation would distort existing CONMESS relativity with CONHESS.”

They also appealed to the FG to pay peculiar allowance to health workers “under the aegis of JOHESU/AHP” as well as an immediate and unconditional implementation of the Consultant Cadre circular of pharmacists in all federal health Institutions.

Other demands include, “payment of all withheld salaries of our members in Federal Medical Center in Owerri, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos University Teaching Hospital and their withheld April and May 2018 Salaries; speedy adjustment of retirement age from 60 – 65 years and the exclusion of some health workers in the payment of new hazard allowance as well as payment of COVID-19 allowance balance.”

While demanding a negotiation of the peculiar allowance, the unions stressed further hat, “the planned 25% review on CONHESS will only widen the existing relativity with CONMESS to our disadvantage while also distorting albeit significantly the supposed edge over general salary scales in Public Service.”

“If the Federal Government does not stick to tenets of due process spelt in our rules of engagement since the commencement of negotiations on the Adjustment of CONHESS as was done for CONMESS and the other lingering demands as highlighted above within the 15 day window, it would be clear that it is the Federal Government that should be held responsible for the fall-outs of a possible strike,” the letter noted.

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