Kaduna JOHESU Joins National Strike

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By: Mayen Etim

KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Kaduna State chapter of the Joint Health Sector Unions, (JOHESU) and Assembly of Health Care Professionals have decided to join the ongoing national strike called by the leadership of the Union.

The State Chairman, Comrade Ayuba Suleiman disclosed this while speaking to the media in Kaduna on Friday, May 17, 2018.

According to him, the Union are demanding that: The State Government should issue a circular for implementation of the balance of 30 per cent Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) for the State and Local Government Health Workers.

He added that the Union also demanded that all statutory and professional dues deductions e.g Pension, Taxes, National Housing Fund, cooperative e contribution, Union Check-off dues among others should be remitted without further delay to the appropriate institutions.

The Union also demanded that State Government domesticate court judgment in favour of Medical Laboratory Scientists from the National Industrial Court in Kaduna State (Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital Kaduna).

“It is with pains in our hearts that we are drawing the attention of our members, consumers of health services and the general public that just like the Federal Government not showing any sign of commitment by addressing the issues placed before them by the National Leadership of JOHESU, one month after the strike started; the Kaduna State Government has also not demonstrated any serious commitment to the domestic issues placed before them as our last meeting with government on Thursday, May 17, 2018 ended up with promissory note without any offer.

“We want to place it on record that the Leadership of JOHESU in Kaduna State has gratuitously offered an extra 9 days olive branch outside the time frame for the commencement of the strike which was May 9, 2018 just to enable the State Government to address the issues in contention but the gesture has not been well appreciated by the government.

“In line with the national directive for States and Local Governments to proceed on strike with effect from May 9, 2018 and, in addition to the fact that the State Government has rebuffed our patriotic diplomatic shuttles to them to resolve the issues in contention.

“In view of the above, Comrade Suleiman said JOHESU Kaduna State Chapter has directed all her members in the State and Local Government Health Institutions to commence the JOHESU strike midnight of Friday, May 18, 2018 unfailingly.”

Fielding questions from Journalists shortly after the press conference, Secretary General of Medical Health Personnel of Nigeria, Comrade Silas Adamu, said the Nigerian Medical Association, (NMA) calling JOHESU an illegal contraption is quite unfortunate. He said NMA is an illegal union.
“NMA as an unregistered organization does not have the status that Government confers on it as a trade union. It is only a registered trade union that is conferred with such status; but unfortunately because of the nature of the Federal Ministry of Health in causing discriminatory tendencies with the set up in the health sector it has conferred on NMA illegally a status of a trade union.
“Let the NMA produce it registration by the Registrar of Trade Unions that confers on it the status of a trade union.
“All the five registered unions NMA calls illegal contraption are registered trade unions. If five registered trade unions operating within the same environment decide to come together to negotiate with their employers, what is illegal about that?” he queried.

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