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JOHESU Strike: FG threatens to invoke 'No Work no Pay' rule

JOHESU Strike: FG threatens to invoke 'No Work no Pay' rule

Declaring the strike after addressing a congress of the union at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex, Ile Ife, the National Vice Chairman of JOHESU, Dr. Obinna Ogbonna, said it was painful that while the FG had implemented the salary structure for medical doctors, other members of the unions had been neglected since 2009. "This strike they are planning for tomorrow or today is against medical doctors", he said.

"There must be 100 percent compliance to the strike until our national body instructs otherwise".

"He pleaded with them to maintain emergency services so that we do not lose lives, stressing that health workers were under an obligation to save lives and that should be done for the sake of humanity".

He also called on well-meaning Nigerians including traditional leaders, elder statesmen, opinion leaders and general public to prevail on government to implement MOTS entered into with JOHESU on September 30, 2017.

Reacting, Dr Luka Samuel, the Acting Medical Director of FMC Keffi, appealed to JOHESU to have a rethink and return to work in the interest of the health sector.

In Osogbo, Ogbonna told members that the union chose to join the strike due to the alleged failure of the Federal Government to honour agreements with the body.

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JOHESU is an amalgam of some five unions namely; Medical and Health Workers Unions of Nigeria (MHWUN), National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions (SSAUTHRIAM), Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) and Non Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutes (NASU).

Nigerian doctors say they will not join a proposed strike by other workers in the health sector.

The union had suspended its last nationwide strike on September 30, last year, after signing a Memorandum of Terms of Settlement (MOTS), with the federal government.

"However, it is disheartening to note that after six months of the suspension our last strike and still counting, the Federal Government has not done anything tangible on the issues".

The source who pleaded anonymity told our correspondent that over 1,800 members of Joint Heath Sector Union working at the institution joined their colleagues across the country on Tuesday in the ongoing strike.

According to him, the union had on February 5 given a fresh 21 days ultimatum to enable government meet the agreement reached. "States and Local Government Health Institutions are by this placed on red alert and are to continue intense sensitisation and mobilisation of our members for possible entry into the fray if the government foot drags in attending to our demands", Ogbonna said.