Health Workers Suspend Strike


Senator Iroegbu in Abuja

The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and other health workers have suspended their industrial action in compliance with the agreement reached with the federal government on September 30.

This was announced in a statement wednesday signed by the National Chairman, Biobelemoye Joy Josiah and National Secretary, Florence Ekpebor.

The circular directed their members to resume work today, October 5, 2017.

Part of the statement read: “Sequel to the receipt of the agreed circulars as part of the terms of settlement reached between the federal government and JOHESU on September 30, 2017, to end the strike which was suspended in principle, after the signing of the terms of settlement; a special meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the unions in JOHESU rose at 7p.m. today, October 3, 2017, and resolved to inform members that copies of the signed agreement as well as the released circulars from the Federal Ministry of Health are being sent to all unions and branches of the unions comprising JOHESU.

“All branches are to hold their congresses on October 4, 2017, and bring the contents of the agreement and the circulars to the attention of members and thereafter, prepare to resume their duties on October 5, 2017.”
JOHESU also commended “members for their resolute stance to fight for their rights and assure them of our resolve at all times to provide good leadership as a deliberate policy of reciprocating such dutiful and loyal followership.”

The health workers also lauded the government for building confidence into their membership by giving them positive glimpses that they would redeem other contents of the terms of settlement agreed at the negotiation on September 30, 2017.

They however, called to especially, honour the five weeks moratorium agreed for the review of the Consolidated Health Salary Structure, CONHESS, and other salient issues contained therein.