FG Moves To End Nationwide Strike, Meets With JOHESU Behind Closed Door
In a bid to end the ongoing strike embarked on by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) in the country, the federal government and the executives of the union have continued to engage in several meetings behind a closed door.
NIGERIA NEWS has however gathered that both the federal government and JOHESU have had many dialogues behind closed door in Abuja in order to reach an agreement on the strike.
This development was made known by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngigie.
According to the Ngige, “Federal Government has been having series of meeting with the leadership of the striking health workers.”
Speaking further, the minister said,”marathon meetings were held on Wednesday, while the meeting would also reconvene later on Thursday.”
He also noted that “the CONHESS table that corresponds with the 2014 CONMESS adjustment with the Medical Doctors has been appropriately addressed by the National Salary Income and Wages Commission.”
Ngige further appealed to the members of the union to end the strike in the interest of Nigerians.
It would be recalled that NIGERIA NEWS has relayed series of reports bothering on the strike by JOHESU.
Recall also that the union had started the strike which extends to all the states in the country on April 17 as a result of the failure of the Buhari’s administration to implement agreement endorsed with the unions.
Parts of the demands made by the union is the adjustment of CONHESS salary as done for CONMESS since 2014, and the removal of scale to scale promotion, payment of outstanding arrears of promotion, skipping and relativity.
Other demands include autonomy of teaching and specialist hospitals, non-execution of court judgments, review of retirement age from 60-65 years as done for teachers in the tertiary education sector.