The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHPA) have withdrawn their strike notice aimed at shutting down medical services across the country.
This was contained in a communiqué issued on Tuesday by the JOHESU Acting General National Secretary, Matthew Ajorutu, in Abuja.
Ripples Nigeria had reported that JOHESU on Sept. 2, issued the federal government a 15-day ultimatum to meet its demands without which it will embark on a nationwide strike at the expiry date.
The union however stepped down the notice of strike that expired mid-night Sept. 17 and issued a fresh notice of 15 days.
In the statement, Ajorutu noted that the decision to shelve the proposed industrial action was due to ongoing negotiations with the FG which require time to implement.
”The leadership of JOHESU reasoned that it was necessary to give the Federal Government a conducive environment to present an update on developments with regards to the major demands of JOHESU.
”This, especially in the area of adjustment of CONHESS as it was done with CONMESS while also showing evidence-based data of the circularisation of the redress of all highlighted service delivery challenges peculiar to members of JOHESU.
“The expanded NEC lauded the Federal Government for the marginal paradigm shift in resolving some of its demands particularly as it relates the on-going payment of outstanding COVID-19 Special Inducement and Hazard Allowance.
“In a bid to avoid an endless circus show, the leadership of JOHESU needs to make it unambiguously clear that the meeting with the Federal Government on Wednesday, October 6, will be the ultimate litmus test to evaluate the seriousness of the Federal Government to resolve once and for all.
”The tortuous subject matter of adjustment of CONHESS which has lingered since January 2, 2014 (almost 8 years) now and also determine the depth of industrial harmony in the Health Sector.
“Finally, NEC-in-Session unanimously adopts a resolution to put on hold the notice of strike action due to expire mid-night today, October 4, and wait for the outcome of the meeting with Federal Government on October 6, before issuing a fresh notice of fifteen days,” the communiqué read in part.
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