By Ekaette Ibuot
The Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly Of Health Care Professionals (JOHESU) has declared its intention to embark on seven-days warning strike by mid-night of September 13, 2020 if Federal Government fails to meet up with its demands.
While adding that, JOHESU has placed red alert across the states local government health institutions for their readiness if federal government foot-drags in attending to their demands.
Speaking on behalf of the association, the National Chairman, JOHESU Comrade Biobelememoye Josiah made the declaration known in Abuja while briefing newsmen on the state of the Nation and outstanding welfare packages for JOHESU members.
Josiah said the Federal Government did not ensure total and full implementation of the July 1, 2020 agreement between JOHESU and the Federal Government when it disbursed the third tranche of the allowance for June 2020.
He added that some of their demands which are specific court judgements, collective bargaining agreements and MoUs have been treated with levity and outrightly violated for almost a decade in some instances.
On their demands he added that,
“At the peak of negotiations with this federal government team, it offered #6.5billion which was rejected because it was grossly below the #22.6billion prepared by National Salaries Incomes and Wages Commission as agreed in the 2017 terms of settlement”
On the state of the nation, he rejects the recent hike on patrol price, describing it as insensitivity to the plight of Nigerians.
“It is worrisome that when other countries are offering palliatives as well as reducing inclination towards social dysfunction, our leaders appear to be sowing seeds of hardship and bitter pills to bring depression to the doorstep of citizens”