The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) may announce an indefinite strike action on Monday if the federal government does not meet its demands.
President of the union, Josiah Biobelemoye made the disclosure while briefing newsmen yesterday in Abuja.
He said that representatives of executives from federal health institutions and state chairmen and secretaries of the union have been invited to attend a crucial meeting on today , adding that the meeting will determine the union’s next line of action.
It would be recalled that JOHESU issued an ultimatum to the federal government on January 16. The ultimatum ended on Thursday January 31.
Biobelemoye said the union’ s demands include unjustified withholding of the salaries of its members for the months of April and May, 2018; upward adjustment of CONHESS salary structure; headship of hospital departments, implementation of consultancy cadre to their members and punitive actions against their members in Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owerri and Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH).
He said that JOHESU in collaboration with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress ( TUC) would also stage a national rally in Abuja today to draw the attention of the federal and state ministries of health to their unending oppression of health workers.
Biobelemoye, however, called on all JOHESU members to remain vigilant and await further directives from the headquarters of the union.
He said: “After a painstaking appraisal of the totality of events, JOHESU resolved that all members should engage in intensive prayers for God to fight its pending battles with her adversaries.”
The group further called on the federal government to “immediately facilitate reward for labour, especially, to our members who have been tortured and afflicted at unprecedented levels in the last three and half years by the coalition of forces the federal ministry of health have continued to epitomize.”
While calling on JOHESU members to get their voters card ready to make the needed impact in the forth general elections, Biobelemoye said: “JOHESU calls on its over one million members, their spouses and voting age children who together form a block of over two million and tending to four million voters to collect their PVCs.” “While we remain a non- partisan organization, we are resolutely committed to establishing the building blocks of a better Nigeria where there shall be political stability, financial prosperity, economic growth and development as well as value driven services in all sectors of national life, especially the health sector where we remain very dominant players,’ he added.