By Michael Peter, The Sight News
Abuja: The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) in conjunction with Assembly Of Health Care Professional Association, AHPA has issued a 7 day ultimatum to the Federal Government to address their demands or be ready for a Showdown.
The Unions warned that should the government fail by Midnight of Wednesday, 20 September, 2017, to meet its demands, all its members will be called upon to embark on an indefinite Strike action.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja, the National Chairman, JOHESU, Biobelemoye Josiah blamed the Government for the bias and nonchalance which has greeted the lingering dialogue between the bodies and the Nigerian Government.
He maintained that JOHESU and AHPA have always demonstrated the intention to amicably resolve the issue with emphasis on the health of Nigerians.
He accused the Ministry of Health of frustrating the implementation of a court order, compelling it to pay its members arrears of skipping CONHESS 10, by introducing same scale promotion.
According to him; “By a letter dated 11th September, 2017, Ref. No. DHS/821/VOL.II/82 received on 11th September, 2017, the Hon. Minister of Health called JOHESU for a meeting for 2.00pm of Tuesday 12th September, 2017 in the Hon. Minister’s conference room, at the Ministry of Health, Abuja. Despite the short notice, we were there and waited till 3:30pm and when the Hon. Minister was not ready for us, we left for another meeting”.
The issues awaiting resolution includes:Adjustment of CONHESS salary as done for CONMESS since January 2014; Abolition of scale to scale promotion; Payment of outstanding arrears promotion, skipping and relativity.
Others are; Autonomy for Teaching and Specialist Hospitals in the country and other issues; Implementation of all Court judgements and Review of retirement age from 60 – 65 years as done for the Tertiary Education Sector