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Joint health workers insist on indefinite strike

Channels Television  
Updated May 8, 2012

The Joint Health Sector Unions (JHSU) has advised members of the unions to strictly comply with the indefinite strike action it declared on Monday saying there is no going back until their demands are met by the federal government.

Speaking to Channels Television in Abuja, the coordinator of the union, Comrade Faniran Olukayode who is also the president of the Nigerian Union of Pharmacists, Medical Technologist and Professions Allied to Medicine (NUPMTPAM) said the strike become imperative following government’s refusal to address their demands after a 15 day ultimatum.

According to Comrade Olukayode, the issues in contention include non-skipping of salary CONHESS 10, the passing of the National Health Bill, the implementation of the Presidential Committee Report on harmony in the health sector and promotion of health professionals from CONHESS 14 to 15. They also want issues on consultancy and specialist allowance and call/shift and other professional allowances, to be addressed.

Other demands by the union include, request for implementation of 2008 job evaluation committee report,  re-constitution of board of management of teaching and other tertiary hospital and the need for review of retirement ages and appointment of ministers of health.

Comrade Olukayode however, stated that the unions are still open to dialogue, adding that if the Federal Government invites them and consider their demands they are ready to meet them.