The ongoing strike action embarked by the workers of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Ekiti State has on Friday suffered a major setback following the withdrawal of the state Health workers under the aegis of Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU).
The unions made their decision known in a letter addressed to the Chief Medical Director of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti.
In a letter signed by Kunle Esan, Chairman, (NUAHP); E.O. Martins-Adetoye, Chairman, (NANNM); and S.I. Olajide, Chairman, (MHWUN), the unions said after taking a look at how the strike would affect those who needed their care, they decided to pull out.
The letter reads in part: “Having taken into consideration, the situation of things in the state vis-a-vis the strike action called by the Nigeria Labour Congress/Trade Union Congress and how it affects our people who need medical care, the Joint Health Sector Union, JOHESU, EKSUTH, has decided to suspend her participation in the ongoing industrial action.”
“Our decision is based on the love and passion that we have for those who need our services and it is our hope that the state government will reciprocate our good intentions and gestures, by the payment of our January 2016 salary on or before the close of work on Thursday 2nd June 2016.”
They, however, said that they are in full support of the agitations by the NLC/TUC.