07 September 2020 by IFEANYI OSITA
The Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly of Health Care Professionals have threatened to embark on a seven day warning Strike from the thirteenth of this month if the Federal Government fails to meet their demands.
The National Chairman of the Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU, Comrade Biobelomoye Josiah made this known during a news conference in Abuja.
He said the Unions rejected the hike in electricity and petroleum pump price and called for urgent measures to fix the nation’s refineries to begin local refining to mitigate the effect of price hike on the masses.
The National Chairman of JOHESU stressed that the Unions would not shelve its nation-wide strike in all the Federal Health Institutions if Government did not meet the demands.
According to him, some of the demands are the immediate payment of the shortfall in the Covid-19 allowances of non-clinical staff in the Federal Health Institutions presently pegged at 10% to the agreed 50% of basic salaries, that the Federal, states and local government areas must come up with Covid-19 palliatives to the citizenry while improving service delivery and measures to combat the decaying infrastructural facilities.
Others are the unconditional payment of withheld salaries of Federal Medical Centre Owerri,Jos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos University Teaching Hospital among others demands.
Comrade Josiah also maintained that the Union would not condone further act of impunity from the Rivers State Government who continue to flaunt court orders regarding the affairs of members in the state.