JOHESU Strike Is Over, But...
When the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) called off its strike, it was a thing of jubilation for patients whose cases were becoming critical and needed the monitoring eyes of the health workers.
The industrial action has ended like a war, but the battle is not over yet.
Monday, June 4, has been set for the continuation of JOHESU's battle to get the salaries of its members reviewed.
The Chairman of JOHESU in the University College Hospital in Ibadan, Oyo State, Mr Olusegun Sotiloye, told Bounce News that a meeting will hold on Monday between the officials of the union and officials of the Appeal Court's Alternative Dispute Resolution which took over negotiation between JOHESU and the Federal Government.
When unions call off strike in Nigeria, there is usually a timeline set for the government to meet the agreement, and which serves as a guarantee to the union that the government is willing to address their demands.
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The same situation had occurred when the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) called off its strike months ago, and the failure of the government to meet the agreement could yet cause another strike.
At the Monday meeting, the timeline for the government to meet their demand will surely be set, as the union may not be willing to leave anything to chance or the resolutions of the court.
JOHESU had approached the Appeal Court, challenging the jurisdiction of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) to entertain a matter filed by a non-governmental organisation that resulted in the NICN, ordering JOHESU member to return to work.
At the first hearing at the Appeal Court, the presiding judge ruled that:
1. Court takes over the Negotiations between JOHESU and Government in its Alternative Dispute resolution (ADR) centre.
2. JOHESU and Government side are to nominate their representatives in the ADR process within 24 hours of the NICN judgment. The Federal Ministry of Health and Federal Ministry of Labour shall nominate officers that have authority to negotiate on its behalf i.e the Honourable Minister of Health and Honourable Minister of Labour shall not be part of the committee.
3. The agreement reached at the ADR centre will be registered in the court as judgment binding on both parties.
4. JOHESU is to initiate the process of allowing normalcy to return to hospitals within 3 days.
5. Both parties were ordered to maintain status-quo ante bellum while negotiation lasts.