Health workers begin nationwide indefinite strike

The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) and the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) have directed their members in Federal hospitals nationwide to proceed on an indefinite strike.

Speaking at a press conference in Kwara State on Wednesday, the National Chairman of JOHESU, Biobelemoye Josiah, blamed the action on the Federal government’s “lackadaisical attitude” explaining that the union had given government two ultimatums to respond to their demands without any response by the authorities.

“This lackadaisical attitude of the government has necessitated the resolve of JOHESU to call out all our members nationwide to withdraw their services and stay at home with effect from midnight of today (Wednesday) even after waiting patiently till this hour on the approval for adjustments of CONHESS,” he said.

“We once again appeal to the government to be honourable by implementing all agreements, memorandum of understanding, and court judgments, while we urge our members at the tertiary health level to make the strike total and comprehensive.

“In the event that no appreciable response is received from the government within 15 days of commencement of the strike by the Federal tertiary health institutions, all our members in the states and local governments nationwide are directed to join the action by September 28.”


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