JOHESU: Adamawa state health workers still on strike

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The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) Adamawa state chapter has refused to commence it’s duties at the state and Local government level despite termination of the nationwide strike by the national body of JOHESU.

The JOHESU secretary Adamawa state chapter, Comrade Wajilda Joseph told FOMBINATIMES that the issues faced by the union include but not limited to the state government’s failure to upgrade the Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) to the national standard.

He further said “the Government also failed to settle 7 months’ salary arrears owed by the local government health workers.

They also failed to comply with the Federal Government’s approval of 20% furniture allowance, lack of basic health facilities and many other issues”.

“We are not on this strike willingly, no health worker would like to sit back and let human lives suffer, our aim is to save lives and we need the government’s support to do our job”. Comr. Wajilda added

The Adamawa state JOHESU chapter was on strike before May, 2015 but even after conceding to the appeal of His Excellency, Governor Muhammad Umar Jibrilla Bindow to resume on 1st June, 2015, the state government did not oblige to the demands of the union.

The union expressed their displeasure on this strike and called upon the state government to solicit for an amicable negotiation to address the strike.

It could be recalled that JOHESU have agreed to suspend its 44 days old nationwide strike on Friday June 1, following the intervention of the National Industrial Court, NIC, which offered to take over the mediation process between the striking health workers and the government.

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