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JOHESU strike: Saraki’s intervention made the difference – union leader

The Chairman of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) Josiah Biobelemoye, has said that the intervention of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, after series of…

The Chairman of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) Josiah Biobelemoye, has said that the intervention of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, after series of meetings with its leadership, was the catalyst that led the union to called off its six weeks strike action.

In a statement released on Friday in Abuja, Mr Biobelemoye said that Saraki, two weeks ago, began mediating in the labour action that has paralyzed Nigeria’s healthcare facilities for the nearly 50 days.

According to him, series of meetings between the ministers of Health and Labour, Dr Isaac Adewole and Chris Ngige and JOHESU had all ended in deadlock until Saraki’s intervention.

“The stalemate of negotiations could not meet the demands of the union which had earlier come up with three options, the last of which was to reduce the N22bn correctly calculated by the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission to N16 billion, in an attempt to resolve the lingering issue,” he said.

He recall that the federal government, rather than picking one of the options, decided to offer the health workers 15 percent of the N22bn which is about N3bn, nearly a quarter of their demand.

“Also recall that the union’s demand had included upward adjustment of CONHESS Salary Scale, arrears of skipping of CONHESS 10, employment of additional health professionals, implementation of court judgments and upward review of retirement age of health workers from 60 to 65 years.

“Senator Bukola Saraki stepped in and requested a meeting with the JOHESU leadership to find a lasting end to the crisis. After the first meeting had ended in deadlock, Senator Saraki met again with the leadership of JOHESU to persuade them to call off the strike action while still on the negotiation table so as to ease the sufferings of Nigerians.

“It was after the second meeting with Senator Saraki that the JOHESU called of its nationwide strike action. We are grateful to the Senate President for his intervention,” he said.

He said that by intervening in the crisis, the National Assembly has proven that it is indeed interested in the general welfare of Nigerians and will continue to do so.

 

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