The Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations have issued a 15-day strike ultimatum over alleged inconsistencies by the federal government in the on-going negotiations to adjust the Consolidated Health Salary Structure for health workers on their platforms.
This was made known on Friday in a letter addressed to the Federal Ministry of Health and signed by the National Secretary, Matthew Ajorotu.
The unions discloed that the ministry had shown tendencies to shift from their agreed terms and rules of engagement relating to non-discrimination in the determination of the wages and benefit packages of health workers in Nigeria.
They stated that the “recent communication from the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) which attempted to sabotage the laudable report of the Technical Committee on the Adjustment of CONHESS as was done for CONMESS, by claiming its implementation would distort existing CONMESS relativity with CONHESS.”
While highlighting their demands, the unions called on the federal government to consolidate on Health Salary Structure as agreed in terms of settlement of September, 2017, which had lingered since 2014.
They also urged the government to pay peculiar allowance to health workers “under the aegis of JOHESU/AHP” as well as an immediate and unconditional implementation of the Consultant Cadre circular of pharmacists in all federal health Institutions.