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Saturday, 19 May 2018

COURT ORDER: JOHESU YET TO SUSPEND STRIKE, VOWS TO CONTINUE ACTION


Over 24 hours after the National Industrial Court ordered members of Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) to call off their strike and resume work within 24 hours, the union members are yet to resume duties in Lagos State and across the country.
The National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja had given an order of interim injunction compelling the striking members of Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) to immediately resume duties at the various health institutions across Nigeria within 24 hours and the federal government to put in place a reconciliatory process towards putting an end to the strike.
This is just as the National Chairman of JOHESU, Mr. Josiah Biobebelemoye, denied knowledge of the judgment, saying as far as the union was concerned, the said judgment was a rumour, as JOHESU had not been served any papers to that effect, vowing to continue with its ongoing strike until their demands are met.
The union accused the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, of being insincere and discriminatory in the negotiations between it and government, thereby urging President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly intervene to bring an end to the crisis.
In a chat with The Guardian yesterday, Biobelemoye said during the negotiations, the minister offered 25 per cent increment to the union, which JOHESU rejected and instead gave three options to government.
He said: “Instead of working with the three options we gave, government went back to 15 per cent. Government is not sincere.
This strike is avoidable, but government refused to avert it. The issues are supposed to be resolved within five weeks, but for the sake of the people, we waited for six months.
The onus is on government to consider the plight of our people and resolve the issues.”


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