Health Workers To Commence Warning Strike Sept 13
The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) has said it will embark on a 7 days warning strike, beginning from midnight of September 13, in all Federal Health Institutions (FHIs) across the country if the federal government fails to meet its demands.
The union also said the States and LG Health Institutions have been placed on red alert to also down tools if the government foot-drags in attending to the demands.
LEADERSHIP reports that such action is likely to affect ongoing efforts by the government to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
Addressing journalists on Monday in Abuja, National Chairman of JOHESU, Comrade Bio Joy Josiah called for urgent pro-active measures geared towards avoiding a disruption of services in the Health Sector by statesmen, traditional rulers, religious bodies and other men of goodwill within the lifespan of pending ultimatum to Government in the ultimate National interest.
Josiah listed some of the grievances of the workers to include review of implementation of COVID-19 Special Inducement and Hazard Allowance; payment of all withheld salaries of members at JUTH, FMC Owerri, LUTH, Including April, & May 2018, Salaries; Adjustment of CONHESS salary structure and implementation of ADR consent judgment
He said some of these issues affecting the workers have lingered for long.
According to him, “JOHESU is forced to draw attention to the deliberate short-changing of our members in the payment of COVID-19 Inducement Allowances. The FMoH ought to redress and supervise the adherence to payment of 40% or 50% COVID-19 Special Inducement Allowances as appropriate to all health workers in Isolation Centres, the FHIs or other related Health facilities without discrimination bordering on clinical or non-clinical status based on our MoU of 21st April, 2020, and as admitted by the Federal Ministry of Health at a meeting of 1st July, 2020, that the payment of 10% was done in error.
“Consequently, FMoH agreed to correct the anomaly and pay the outstanding balance of 40% of Consolidated Basic Salary to all beneficiaries hitherto earning N5,000 as Hazard Allowance.
“The Federal Government did not ensure total and full implementation of the July 1, 2020 agreement between JOHESU and the Federal Government when it disbursed the 3rd tranche of the allowance for June, 2020. This has created rumbles and grumbles across our membership and has now created the challenge of assuaging the affected members what have become restive and thus making it impossible to guarantee industrial harmony within the generality of JOHESU members.”
The union there demands that 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 paid all clinical staff in the FHIs.
It also demanded the Federal Government, States and Local Government Areas must come-up with COVID-19 palliatives to the citizenry while improving service delivery and remedial measures to combat failing and decaying infrastructural facilities.
It said States and Local Governments that have not domesticated the COVID-19 allowances for their clinical and non-clinical health workers are advised by the contents of the agreement to do so without further delay in order to avoid break down of industrial harmony in their health sector.
“Unconditional payment of all withheld salaries at Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, JUTH, LUTH and the compliments of April and May, 2018 salaries.”