What JOHESU Discussed With Saraki In Unfinished Meeting
The impact of the industrial action of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) is increasing daily and efforts to end the strike are still on.
On Monday, JOHESU officials met with the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and that meeting gave birth to some positive results even though it was not finished.
Discussions were cut short by an invitation to Dr. Saraki from the Presidency.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had summoned him for a meeting and the Senate President had to end talks with the health workers which had reached an impressive height.
The JOHESU Chairman in the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Olusegun Sotiloye, told Bounce News that there was positive change recorded in the meeting even though it was not concluded.
"He (Saraki) made an offer which is slightly better than what the Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige and the Minster of Health, Professor Isaac Adeowle, were offering before," he said.
Mr Sotiloye declined to highlight what the offer was, but he said the striking union would resume talks with the Senate President on Wednesday to reach a conclusion.
While the union awaits the resumed talks, its committee is already looking at Saraki’s offer and other things attached critically.
He, however, gave a hint that the offer was still a far cry "from what should ordinarily be, but it is being examined and the meeting continues.
"If the offer will not be acceptable, reasons for that decision will be made clear to the Senate President," Mr Sotiloye, who is also the Deputy President South, Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals, added.
One demand that is more prominent in the lists of requests is increase the salaries of the members of the union, but there are controversies around what the new salary should be.
There have been reports that they are asking for parity with medical doctors, but Mr Sotiloye said it was not the case.
Announcing the meeting on Sunday, Senator Saraki stressed the need for JOHESU to also stretch out a hand of fellowship - in good faith - to meet the government halfway with a view to accepting the offer.
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"We need to have a win-win-win situation for the union, the government and the Nigerian people, who have been greatly affected by the ongoing health workers strike," he posted on his Facebook page.
A group of people living with HIV/AIDS said they had lost some members to the strike and demanded that the government and the union should reach an agreement to end the industrial action that is taking a toll on health services in Nigeria.
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