Again, the health sector is about to be thrown into the industrial dispute owning to standoff between health workers and the Federal Government. A week ago, the Joint Health Sector Union [JOHESU] said it would embark on an indefinite strike,effective April 18th, 2018.
Johsesu’s National President,comrade Biobele Moye gave the hint last friday when the union’s national officers visited the university of portharcourt teaching hospital[UPTH]. according to hi, the strike will affect all federal government owned medical institutions across the country.
Moye and his officers were at UPTH to mobilise and sensitise members of the union on why the strike has become inevitable and imperative.
JOHESU has been a patient and focused organisation. we are mindful of the role we play in the medical institutions. we gave a 21-day compliance notice which expired on february 28, and another 30 working days beginning from march 5 which will end on April 17,2018,said Moye.
According to him,the Federal government has failed to comply with salary structure adjustment agreement reached with the union.
we are worried that government has once again allowed labour issues, this time with the health workers to come to his pass.
Why labour matters are always allowed to get to the point of strike action before being addressed by government beats the imagination.
We are at a loss as to why government would reach an agreement signed by the labour,secretary to the government of Federation, Permanent secretary, ministry of health, president of Nigeria labour congress[NLC] and other stakeholders with JOHESU in september, last year only to observe it in the breach.