In a letter dated 16th of April 2018, the executives of JOHESU wrote to the National President/Secretary General MHWUN LAANNM SSAUTHRIAI NASU & NUAHP to intimate them on the re-start of the suspended nationwide strike action. The letter reads:
You will recall that JOHESU suspended her last nationwide strike action on 30th September, 2017, after the signing of Memorandum of Terms of Settlement which was to be implemented within five(5) weeks after the date of suspension of the strike.
However, it is disheartening to note that after six (6) months of the suspension of our last strike and still counting, the Federal Government has not done anything tangible over the pending issues, especially on the flagship issue of CONHESS adjustment and payment of arrears of CONHESS 10 skipping.
JOHESU, as a mature and responsible organisation, gave 21 days notice on 5th of February, 2018, in the first instance, to enable the Federal Government do the needful. At the expiration of the 21 days notice, the leadership of JOHESU reconvened to re-appraise the situation on ground and noted the lackadaisical attitude of the Federal Government towards the implementation of the Memorandum of Terms of Settlement signed on 30th September, 2017.
In furtherance with our mantra as peace lovers who have the interest of the masses at heart, another 30 working days ultimatum was issued to the Federal Government on Sth of March, 2018, to alert the Government of the impending nationwide strike.
However, on Thursday, 5th April, 2018, the Hon. Minister of Labour and Employment invited the leadership of JOHESU to a meeting wherein we were told that our issues were still being looked into. The leadership reported same to the NEC of JOHESU which upheld the ultimatum issued, since the Government seemed to be taking JOHESU for a ride.
Consequent upon this, therefore, JOHESU has no other choice than to proceed on an indefinite nationwide strike action as from midnight of Tuesday, 17th April, 2018; when the 30-working days is expected to expire.
Therefore, JOHESU Unions hereby direct all her members in Federal Health Institutions all over the country to commence the strike immediately (midnight of Tuesday, 17th April, 2018) unfailingly. States and Local Government Health Institutions are, by this, placed on red alert and are to continue intense sensitization and mobilization of our members for possible entry into the fray if the government footdrags in attending to our demands.
JOHESU, wishes to call on all well-meaning Nigerians including, our Traditional leaders, Elder Statesmen, opinion leaders and the general public to prevail on Government to meet our demands by honouring the Memorandum of Terms of Settlement voluntarily entered into by Government with JOHESU on Saturday, 30th September, 2017 without fail.
We plead with Nigerians to bear with us as we were left with no other option than to take our destiny in our hands.
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