The Federal Government has been notified of the decision of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) to commence strike on 13, September 2020. The health workers have withdrawn their services in all tertiary health institutions in Nigeria.
JOHESU, which comprises a union for all health workers except doctors, revealed that the decision had been reached after gracing a meeting with the Federal Government. The decision was made after their demands were not being met at the meeting.
The Joint Health Sector Unions stated that they would commence with the strike as the 15-day ultimatum given to the government elapsed on September 13, 2020.
Signed by Joy Josiah, the JOHESU national chairman; A. A. Adeniji, the president of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANM); and five others, the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, was issued a strike notice letter.
Resident doctors had recently suspended an ongoing strike on September 10, 2020. Their decision followed a meeting with the government on September 11, 2020. JOHESU’s meeting with the government, however, did not yield a positive result.
The union has warned the Federal Government that, if their demands are not being met, they would go on with their decision to embark on a nationwide 7-day strike. JOHESU revealed that only federal institutions will be involved in the warning strike.