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Health workers suspend planned strike

09 January 2014, 12:02

Abuja - The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, on Wednesday said that the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) had suspended its planned strike scheduled to begin on January 15.

Chukwu told newsmen in Abuja that government and the union leaders met on Tuesday to resolve the issues at stake.

"Government will surely look into the issues the union is calling for. However, an agreement has been reached, therefore, the union has agreed to suspend the strike," he said.

He appealed to the health workers to always seek to dialogue with government rather than going on strike.

Yusuf Badmus, General-Secretary of the union, said it wanted to go on strike because government had not implemented some of its agreements.

Badmus said that the union wanted the government to obey the court order on the issues of members’ promotions and other matters.

He said the union opposed the plan by government to appoint Surgeon-General of the Federation.

"The Ministry of Health has not issued circulars to boards of hospitals to begin the process of promotion of eligible officers to Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS).

"Also, another issue the ministry is yet to implement is the problem of skipping of CONHESS 10.

"We have given government seven working days ultimatum, believing that the agreement will be met," the general-secretary said.

-  NAN

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