Health workers in Nigeria, under the aegis of Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly of Health Professionals and Associations, on Monday in Abuja served notice of a three-day warning strike following alleged breach of agreement by the Federal Government.
In the latest crisis, the workers are protesting against the non-implementation of collective bargain agreement and Memorandum of Understanding and the judgment of National Industrial Court of Nigeria by the Federal Government.
The workers also flayed the proposal for the appointment of Surgeon-General of the Federation, saying Nigeria was drawing precedence from the United States, United Kingdom and Canada “without any recourse to what is operational in those countries.”
The spokesperson for JOHESU and President, Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria, Dr. Godswill Okara, at an emergency press briefing in Abuja accused the government of insincerity and non-commitment to the agreements.
Okara said the display of good faith, patience, restraint and maturity on the above issues and other perennial cases of injustices had been taken for weakness by the health ministry, adding that “in the light of these acts of industrial violations, injustice and deprivations, members across the length and breadth of the country have no other choice than to embark on a three-day warning strike with effect from Wednesday January 22, 2014.”
According to him, JOHESU has come to the painful decision after an exhaustive appraisal of the outcome of its meeting with the Ministry of Health on Thursday last week