Union Demand Outstanding Salaries, Promotion, Others As It Sets To Embark On Strike
Members of the Kwara State medical and health workers’ union, has announced that it is set to embark on an indefinite strike on May 2. This was made known by the President of the union, Mr Muritala Olayinka, on Thursday.
According to him, the union had previously on the 18th of April 2019, given the state government a 19-day ultimatum to meet the demands of the health workers.
The demands, as Olayinka listed include, an upward review of Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) from 50 percent to 100 percent as well as an end to promotion of staff without financial backing.
He stated also that the workers are demanding for the payment of outstanding salary arrears of local government staff in the state.
The president warned that the union will not rescind its decision until its demands are met. He said, “I don’t think the state government will respond to our demands before that day because we have made series of moves in ensuring government look into our demands but they turned deaf ears.”
“If they make a move now, it is likely going to be a meeting, but it is until when we see approval for our demands before we can make a u-turn on the industrial action,”
Olayinka reiterated that workers are not slaves and, therefore, called on the union members to hang on to the struggle until the state government responds to their demands.
He also called on them to continue to be law abiding and obey the directives from labor leaders on the proposed strike.
NIGERIAN NEWS, however, gathered that the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed on Media and Communications, Dr Muideen Akorede, has stated that the state government is already looking into the union’s demands and will address them soon.