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Health workers demand goverment honour court judgement

17 January 2014, 18:49

Lagos - Kehinde Adegoke, Chairman, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Chapter of SSAUTHRAI, has called for the implementation of National Industrial Court’s judgment in the group’s favour.

Adegoke, who made the call on Friday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, urged the Attorney-General of the Federation to ensure the implementation .

SSAUTHRAI, which is the Senior Staff Association of Universities Teaching Hospitals, Research and Allied Institutes, is the umbrella body for health workers in tertiary institutions.

Adegoke urged the Attorney General of the Federation to implement the July 22, 2013 judgment of the National Industrial Court regarding CONHESS 10 and the appointment of health professionals as consultants.

He said that the speedy implementation of the judgment would help to avert an impending nationwide strike of all health workers under the aegis of Joint Health Workers Union (JOHESU).

NAN reports that JOHESU had dragged the Federal Ministry of Health to the court on the issues in contention.

Adegoke said that though the Federal Ministry of Health had appealed against the judgment there was no stay of execution against the judgment.

According to him, since there is no stay of execution, nothing stops them from implementing the judgment.

Adegoke said that JOHESU was anxious for the implementation of the judgment which gave them non-skipping of salary CONHESS 10, consultancy and specialist allowances and call/shift duty and other professional allowances.

The allied health workers under the aegis of JOHESU had threatened to go on a five-day nationwide strike on Jan.15 before the   Federal Government urged them to suspend their action.

NAN reports that the court had in its landmark judgment on the dispute between JOHESU and the Federal Ministry of Health, said that skipping of CONHESS 10 is legal


It also held that that those earlier appointed as consultants would continue to enjoy the status with all the benefits and the withdrawal of their letter of appointment ``is irregular, null and void”

That issue of shift duty, administrative non-clinical and call-duty allowances should remain as they were but that negotiation should begin toward an agreement on upward review of the allowances.

Also, it was held by the court that issues already agreed upon were accrued rights and should be implemented without delay in line with collective bargaining agreement.



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