Health workers in Nigeria began a nationwide strike today Monday, September 14 as in a bid to get what’s theirs.
The Joint Health Workers Union (JOHESU) said this was necessary to settle some outstanding benefits they are being owed.
The union took the action to ensure certain things including pay, Covid -19 bonuses as well as to tackle the problem of inadequate facilities.
This strike is coming just four days after resident doctors called off theirs.
JOHESU said the strike became necessary when the authorities failed to meet with demands including certain allowances and hospital repairs among other things.
The union said “It was unanimously agreed that since nothing concrete was achieved at the said meeting with the federal government, that the strike notice is still germane and alive,”
Meanwhile, the federal government condemned the strike, calling it illegal and unnecessary
According to a statement released by the ministry of Labour, “Any strike now is inimical to an equable settlement of the dispute, bearing in mind especially that this is a grave period of a pandemic,”
JOHESU as a union includes pharmacists, nurses, midwives as well as radiographers who have been frontline workers since the outbreak of Covid-19
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