Health workers begin indefinite strike today

The Joint Health Sector Union on Wednesday declared a nationwide indefinite strike .
JOHESU National Chairman , Mr . Biobelemoye Josiah , during a media briefing in Ilorin , the Kwara State capital, on Wednesday said the strike would start on Thursday ( today ).
He stated that the union on August 14 issued a 30 -day ultimatum to the Federal Government which he said expired on September 13 .
Josiah said the ultimatum was to further draw the attention of government to their demands , adding that there had been no meaningful response .
He added that JOHESU further issued another seven-day final ultimatum on Thursday, September 14 , 2017 to again draw the attention of government to the health workers ’ struggle .
Josiah said, “This lackadaisical attitude of 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 adjustment of CONHESS . However, rallies and meetings should be held on all hospital premises every other day .
“ We once again appeal to the Federal Government to tow the path of honour and implement all agreements, Memorandum of Understandings, and courts judgements , 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 government within 15 days after the 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 .
“ We call upon all well- meaning Nigerians to put pressure on the government to accede to our demands , while we appeal to the Nigerians to bear with us in this struggle to improve healthcare services in Nigeria. ”
He listed their demands to include adjustment of CONHESS salary structure, skipping , more employment of workers , specialist allowance and stagnated promotion .
Others are the abolition of scale - to- scale promotion , payment of outstanding arrears of promotion , autonomy for teaching and specialist hospitals and review of retirement age from 60 to 65 years as done for the tertiary education sector .