Workers of all Federal tertiary health institutions nationwide, under Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) have embarked on an indefinite strike from 12 midnight today.
In a statement issued yesterday, the unions noted that the strike is coming after the expiration of a 21-day ultimatum issued to government on the August 1, to comply with the 10-point demand and agreements reached on May 10, 2012.
The statement was signed by National President and Secretary-General, Medical & Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, and Mr. Marcus Omokhuale, respectively; National President, National Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Association Institution, Mr. Adeniji A. and the Ag. General Secretary, National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, Mr. Yusuf Badmus W.
According to the report, members of the unions at the states and local governments health facilities are expected to join the strike as from 12 midnight by August 28.
The unions lamented that a meeting called by the Minister of Labour and Productivity on Monday, August 19, resulted in neither the Minister of Health nor his representative attending the meeting.