The Health Workers under the aegis of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) have appealed to the Federal Government to pay its members April and May, 2018 salaries in line with their agreement to suspend their strike.
The disclosure was made by Mr Achimugu Isaiah, the branch Chairman, Federal Medical Centre (FMC Keffi), Nasarawa State, on Wednesday while fielding questions from the News Agency of Nigeria shortly after a congress meeting of the union in Keffi.
NAN recalls that JOHESU embarked on an indefinite nationwide industrial action on April 18 and resumed work on May 31.
Some of the demands made by the union included upward adjustment of salary scale, employment of additional health professionals, review of retirement age from 60 years to 65 years and implementation of court judgment.
JOHESU consists of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Medical and Health Workers Union (MHWUN) and Senior Staff Association of University Teaching Hospitals, among others.
Isaiah said that payment of two months salaries to the members of the union who embarked on strike to press home their demands would cushion their economic plight.
He added it would also boost members’ morale toward effective healthcare service delivery.
The union leader queried the selective nature of paying few members against the majority. “The strike was declared by the national body and the local chapter here only obeyed the directive of the national secretariat.
“Actually, we only called members of the union to brief them on the outcome of our meeting with the management of the centre after the suspension of the JOHESU strike by the national body of the union.
“After the suspension of the strike, we have been meeting with our management on the need for payment of April and May salaries to our members but the management told us that those that were paid are those that worked during the strike.
“Such beneficiaries like the management staff, drivers and their personal assistants, among others, were paid based on directive from the federal government.
“They said that anything that was done was based on directive and they can only take our message on the payment of our April/May salaries to the federal government for action.
“It is in view of this that we are pleading with the federal government to consider our presentation, the plight of workers by paying us our April/May salaries in the interest of peace,” he said.