JOHESU Suspends Strike
The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) has suspended its nationwide strike.
Members reached the decision on Thursday evening, six weeks after the strike began to coerce the government to meet their demands.
The decision to end the strike was reached on Thursday, via a statement issued at the end of its National Executive Council meeting.
In the statement by the national chairman of JOHESU, Mr, Biobelemoye Josiah, the union said the strike was called off because of the sympathy the union had for Nigerians already bearing the brunt while the strike persisted.
Members of the union believe the decision will pave way for further negotiations expected to continue on Monday.
“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,” the statement read.
Other five highlighted resolutions in the statement are that the court takes over the Negotiations between JOHESU and Government in its Alternative Dispute resolution (ADR) centre and that ]JOHESU and Government side are to nominate their representatives in the ADR process within 24 hours of the NICN judgement.
Others are that the Federal Ministry of Health and Federal Ministry of Labour would nominate officers that have authority to negotiate on its behalf, preferably the Honourable Minister of Health and Honourable Minister of Labour, that the agreement reached at the ADR centre would be registered in the court as judgement binding on both parties and that JOHESU would also initiate the process of allowing normalcy to return to hospitals within 3 days.
Both parties were ordered to maintain status-quo ante bellum while negotiation lasts.
The decision to call off the strike came three days after Senate President Bukola Saraki initiated talks with the aggrieved health workers.
An official of the association, who heads the chapter at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Mr Olusegun Sotiloye, had told Bounce News that the meeting with Senator Saraki was positive and that he had made a more realistic offer to JOHESU.
While JOHESU strike ends, Residents Doctors have threatened to commence strike if certain demands were not met by the Federal Government.,