JOHESU Members Claim Salary Delay Is Punishment
It is one thing to go on strike in Nigeria and then it is another to face the consequences.
Sometimes it is like giving a person freedom of speech, but without guarantee of what happens to the individual after the speech has been made.
Members of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) in Nigeria had downed tools on April 17, 2018, taking their demand to a new height until the court took over the matter.
Since they called off the strike in agreement with court decision to intervene, some of them have not been paid.
In Bayela State, members of JOHESU at the Federal Medical Centre in Yenagoa are alleging that their salaries that have not been paid was intentional, and a form of punishment for embarking on strike.
The health workers suspended the strike on June 1.
But they are claiming that the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, instructed all Chief Medical Directors to withhold the salaries of the workers who participated in the strike.
Their two month's salary is outstanding, but cheerful workers were seen carrying out their duties without complain at the medical centre on Wednesday.
They expressed optimism that no matter how long it takes, they would definitely be paid.
A nurse, who pleaded anonymity, said: "It is not fair for us to be punished with non-payment of our two months salaries just because we asked to be treated well.
"By the end of June, it will be three months".
She emphasised that the directive to down tools came from the union's leaders and sees no tangible reason they should be treated badly.
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"We have families and responsibilities. We need to eat and pay for transportation to and fro work.
"All these cannot be achieved without our salaries, but here we are still working, despite not been paid," she lamented.