The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) Thursday called off its six week nationwide strike to give room for negotiations with the federal government.

The call-off of the nationwide strike came on the heels of the intervention by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the injunction by the National Industrial Court.Speaking to journalists in Abuja at the end of the union’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, Biobelemoye Josiah alongside the Secretary, Ekpebor Florence, said: “Nigerians and consumers of healthcare services will recall that the JOHESU embarked on a nationwide strike on midnight of April 17, 2018, owing to the failure of federal government through the Federal Ministry of Health to honour agreements wilfully signed with the unions on September, 30 2017, after due notice of 66 cumulative days.

“Following series of meetings (8) with the federal government team under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment (FMoL&E) and Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) other agencies of Government such as Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF), Federal Ministry of Finance (FMoF) National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Department of State Security Services (DSS), and others, we note with dismay the insincerity and unseriousness exhibited at the negotiation table by the government negotiating team which led to the breakdown of further negotiations and unnecessarily prolonged the strike.“It is on record that it was during the period of late James Ocholi (SAN) who was the chairman of the committee set up by Federal Ministry of Labour that JOHESU demands were sincerely and passionately looked into with a view to permanently resolving it amicably, but the expectation was short lived due to the cold hands of death. We salute his spirit and dedication to service of his father land.”Josiah stated that “due to the intervention of the Senate President, Saraki, who through his love for the suffering masses displayed high level of statesmanship and sincerity of purpose by putting some machineries in place with a view to permanently resolving the issues in contention. JOHESU, has considered his intervention after holding just two meetings with it leadership, where serious progress were made.“The various gains from the meetings, with the Senate President were presented to the NEC of JOHESU, after an exhaustive deliberations and discussions, the NEC in session approved that the six weeks old strike be suspended this day May 31, 2018, because of the sympathy the Unions have for the suffering Nigerian masses and also to pave way for further negotiations to continue on June 4, 2018.“We would like to place on record that JOHESU strike is neither ill nor politically motivated but in a bid to save the health sector from imminent collapse. We appreciate the solidarity, support and guidance of the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, his Deputy and TUC in seeing to the resolution of this crisis as well as National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and other well meaning Nigerians for rising up to the occasion while the strike lasted.“We appreciate our members abundantly for their steadfastness, resoluteness and resilience during this period of trial.

The call-off of the nationwide strike came on the heels of the intervention by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the injunction by the National Industrial Court.Speaking to journalists in Abuja at the end of the union’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, Biobelemoye Josiah alongside the Secretary, Ekpebor Florence, said: “Nigerians and consumers of healthcare services will recall that the JOHESU embarked on a nationwide strike on midnight of April 17, 2018, owing to the failure of federal government through the Federal Ministry of Health to honour agreements wilfully signed with the unions on September, 30 2017, after due notice of 66 cumulative days.

“Following series of meetings (8) with the federal government team under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment (FMoL&E) and Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) other agencies of Government such as Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF), Federal Ministry of Finance (FMoF) National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Department of State Security Services (DSS), and others, we note with dismay the insincerity and unseriousness exhibited at the negotiation table by the government negotiating team which led to the breakdown of further negotiations and unnecessarily prolonged the strike.“It is on record that it was during the period of late James Ocholi (SAN) who was the chairman of the committee set up by Federal Ministry of Labour that JOHESU demands were sincerely and passionately looked into with a view to permanently resolving it amicably, but the expectation was short lived due to the cold hands of death. We salute his spirit and dedication to service of his father land.”Josiah stated that “due to the intervention of the Senate President, Saraki, who through his love for the suffering masses displayed high level of statesmanship and sincerity of purpose by putting some machineries in place with a view to permanently resolving the issues in contention. JOHESU, has considered his intervention after holding just two meetings with it leadership, where serious progress were made.“The various gains from the meetings, with the Senate President were presented to the NEC of JOHESU, after an exhaustive deliberations and discussions, the NEC in session approved that the six weeks old strike be suspended this day May 31, 2018, because of the sympathy the Unions have for the suffering Nigerian masses and also to pave way for further negotiations to continue on June 4, 2018.“We would like to place on record that JOHESU strike is neither ill nor politically motivated but in a bid to save the health sector from imminent collapse. We appreciate the solidarity, support and guidance of the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, his Deputy and TUC in seeing to the resolution of this crisis as well as National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and other well meaning Nigerians for rising up to the occasion while the strike lasted.“We appreciate our members abundantly for their steadfastness, resoluteness and resilience during this period of trial.

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