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JOHESU 15–Point Demand: Another Health Workers’ Strike Looms

Posted: May 4, 2015 at 7:39 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Hassan Zaggi Abuja

The failure of President Goodluck Jonathan to fulfill his promise of meeting the 15-point demands of health workers under the auspices of Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) may throw up another industrial crisis in the health sector.

It would be recalled that President Jonathan held a meeting with the leadership of JOHESU on February 1 and promised to meet their 15-point demands which resulted in the suspension of the 3-months strike by the health workers.

Findings by Daily Independent revealed that the leaders of JOHESU are not happy over the inability of the President to fulfill his promise of meeting their demands considering that the elections are over.

A source among the JOHESU leadership disclosed that they held a meeting on May 1 with the intention of declaring an industrial strike which would have commenced on May 8, but that some issues were yet to be resolved.

The source further revealed that a meeting of the JOHESU leadership has been scheduled for the next few days, stressing that, “if till then the President has not met our demands, noting will stop us from declaring an  indefinite strike.”

According to him: “We held a meeting on Thursday April 23, at Abuja, follow up to the earlier meeting of April 14, where decision was taken to request the audience of  Mr. President for the immediate implementation of the 15-point demands of JOHESU as promised by Mr President to the union leadership when he met with them on February 1.

“Since there was not response, it was further resolved that a reminder be sent to Mr President to meet our demands on or before April 30. Should this fail, the leaders shall meet on May 1 and declare nationwide industrial strike on 8th May, 2015.

“However, at the end of our meeting on May 1, we could not conclude on the issues of strike ultimatum. We have decided to convene the meeting in the next few days and then we will make our stand known.”

It would be recalled that after a three-month marathon strike, the health workers suspended the strike in February for  what they called ‘in national interest’.

While briefing journalists before the suspension of the strike, the President of JOHESU, Ayuba Wabba,now President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, said that the action followed President Goodluck Jonathan’s personal intervention.

The demands according to Wabba included implementation of Presidential Committee Report on harmony in the health sector; promotion of health professionals from CONHESS 14 to 15 and request for implementation of 2008 Job Evaluation Committee Report.