The Joint Health Sector Union has suspended it’s 43-day strike, instructing members to resume work June 1.
While making the announcement Thursday, May 31, the union lambasted the Federal Government for failing to meet it’s demands, but went ahead to call off the strike which had crippled the nation’s health sector.
This message was contained in a communique read in Abuja after a National Council meeting of JOHESU and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations.
The communiqué read in part, “The various gains from the meetings with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, were presented to the NEC of JOHESU, after exhaustive deliberations and discussions, the NEC in session approved that the six-week old strike be suspended this day Thursday, May 31, 2018 because of the sympathy the unions have for the suffering Nigerian masses and also to pave way for further negotiations to continue on Monday, June 4, 2018.”
The union had harsh words for the Federal Government for failing to honour its promise of increasing the salaries health workers.
JOHESU added, “Following a series of meetings with eight members of the Federal Government team under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, the Federal Ministry of Health and other agencies of government such as the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Federal Ministry of Finance, National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, Department of State Security Services and others, we note with dismay the insincerity and unseriousness exhibited at the negotiation table by the government negotiating team which led to the breakdown of further negotiations and unnecessarily prolonged the strike action.”