After a day long emergency meeting of the expanded National Executive Council of the Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU, and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations, AHPA, it was agreed that the strike billed to begin midnight of October 4 be put on hold.
The expanded NEC in a communique signed by the acting National Secretary, Mathew Ajotutu, on behalf of JOHESU National Chairman, says the Union’s leadership reasoned that it was necessary to give the Federal Government a conducive environment to present an update on developments with regards to the major demands of JOHESU especially in the area of adjustment of CONHESS as it was done with CONMESS for Doctors.
JOHESU also noted that evidence based data should be presented in the circularisation of the redress of all highlighted service delivery challenges peculiar to members of Health workers
According to the communique, the body commended the Federal Government for the marginal paradigm shift in resolving some of its demands particularly as its relates to the ongoing payment of outstanding COVID-19 Special Inducement and Hazard Allowance.
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JOHESU Added that In a bid to avoid an endless circus show, the meeting with the Federal Government on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 will be the ultimate litmus test to evaluate the seriousness of the Federal Government to resolve once and for all, the tortuous subject matter of adjustment of CONHESS which has lingered since January 2, 2014 and also determine the depth of industrial harmony in the Health Sector.
The communique added that JOHESU executive unanimously adopted a resolution to put on hold the notice of strike due to expire mid-night of October 4, 2021 and wait for the outcome of the meeting with Federal Government on October 6, 2021 before taking the next line of action.
Editor: Paul Akhagbemhe