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LUTH health workers continue with strike

28 January 2014, 14:05

Lagos - The striking health workers at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos, on Monday said they would continue with their strike until the hospital's management addressed the union’s demands.

Kehinde Adegoke, the LUTH Chapter Chairman, Senior Staff Association of Universities Teaching Hospitals, Research and Allied Institutes (SSAUTHRAI), made this known in Lagos.

Adegoke spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, shortly after the union’s congress to review the strike and map out new strategies.

The workers, under the aegis of the Joint House Unions and Associations (JHUA), had on December 31 embarked on an indefinite strike to further express their grievances.

NAN reports that JHUA comprises health workers in the Medical and Health Workers Union (MWHUN) and the Senior Staff Association of Universities Teaching Hospitals, Research and Allied Institutes (SSAUTHRAI).

It also includes the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM).

"We are tired of promises upon promises by LUTH management which has not yielded any positive result,” Adegoke told NAN.

He said that the strike which began on December 31 was the last resort for the health workers unions, who had endured over three years of unfulfilled promises.

Adegoke said, "The board, instead of appealing to JHUA to call off the strike, should try and address some of our issues.”

He said that the management and board had refused to sign a memorandum of understanding, which specifically sets a time frame on when each issue brought forth by JHUA would be resolved.

"We are still waiting for a sign from the management that they have heard our requests and are doing something in response.

"We want to return to work, in fact, our members return every week to see if any change has occurred, to enable them to go back to work,” Adegoke said.

When contacted, the LUTH spokesperson, Hope Nwokolo, said that she was not at the JHUA congress and, therefore, could not comment on the matter.

-  NAN

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