Health workers under the auspices of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHPA) have issued a 21-day strike notice for the Federal Government to address their three demands.
The apparently disgruntled health workers also vowed to embark on a nationwide strike after their notice if the Federal Government does not address their three discontentment.
JOHESU National Chairman Biobelemoye Joy Josiah and its National Secretary Ekpebor Florence said the decision was taken after their 3-Day consultative meeting in Abuja.
During the meeting, their members resolved that the Federal Government should urgently revisit the constitution of the membership of the boards of all the Federal Health Institutions (FHIs) as the list of members published in December 2017 seriously violates the Teaching Hospital Act which provides that a representative of health providers must be appointed on all the boards.
The JOHESU/AHPA noted that the “government did not appoint members of JOHESU/AHPA on the boards despite the fact that a formal list was sent on request, thereby, breaching one of the terms of its September 30, 2017 Terms of Settlement to redress the perennial lopsided composition of the boards of the FHIs.”
The JOHESU/AHPA lamented the delay tactics of the federal government in approving the adjustment of CONHESS scale as was done for CONMESS since January 2014 and also replicated with yet another approval for the same CONMESS in September, 2017 for the medical doctors.
They disclosed that executives will meet again by the end of this month to decide on next action.
JOHESU/AHPA appealed to its members for calm while the leadership appraises and monitor the resolve of the federal government to fully comply with the Terms of Settlement with JOHESU on September 30, 2017.