Members of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), have suspended their seven-day nationwide warning strike.
National President of JOHESU, Josiah Biobelemoye, announced this in a statement at the end of its expanded National Executive Council meeting on Sunday in Abuja.
Biobelemoye directed all members of the union to resume work by Sept. 21 and also await further directives.
The union said it decided to suspend the strike, not because its demands have been resolved by the government but to “sustain” the running of Nigeria’s public health systems.
“This is to bring to your notice the seven-day warning strike would come to an end by midnight of Sunday, 20th September 2020”, the statement read.
“By this notice, all health workers under the five unions that make up JOHESU shall return to work on Monday, 21st of September 2020.
“However, since the federal government has continued to exhibit high level of bias/discrimination by refusing to address the demands of our members as presented by JOHESU within the seven days of the warning strike as was done to other bodies in the health sector, the next line of action would be decided in due course by the expanded NEC.
“It is pertinent to also inform the general public that rather than call JOHESU for dialogue to resolve the trade dispute, the federal government has resorted to intimidation and blackmail of JOHESU leaders using all forms of instruments and faceless groups.
“Nigerians should bear us witness that JOHESU has shown high patriotism by demanding that public health systems in the country is sustained and adequately financed for effective and efficient service delivery,” the statement read.
Members of JOHESU and the Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHPA) embarked on the warning strike on September 14 following the failure of the government to meet their demands.
The union demands an upward review of COVID-19 special inducement and hazard allowances; the payment of all withheld salaries; and adjustment of Consolidated Medical Salary Structure since 2014, among others.