Akawaibom health workers to resume work after two weeks strike

Health workers on their lab coat and medical equipments
Tochi Juliet

Joint Health Sector Unions, Akwa Ibom State chapter, JOHESU has suspended the industrial action they embarked upon for over two weeks.

In a statement jointly signed by the leadership of JOHESU, they urged the Unions to suspend the strike and ordered members to resume work immediately.

The statement reads in part, “Sequel to the agreement signed by the Organised Labour represented by the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council on Tuesday 28 July 2020, in respect of the industrial action embarked upon by the Joint Health Sector Unions over non-implementation of Consolidated Health Salary Structure, the Congress of JOHESU rose from its meeting today 29, July 2020 and resolved to suspend the strike.

Consequently, the strike is hereby suspended and members directed to resume their normal duties immediately.”

The union appreciated the state Governor, Udom Emmanuel for promptly responding to part of their demands and equally showed optimism to resume work.

They also appreciated the Chief of staff and supervising commissioner of Works, Ephraim Inyangeyen, the head of the Civil Service, Effiong Essien and the leaderships of NLC, TUC and JPSNC for their cooperation and concerted efforts towards resolving the crisis in the state.

However, before the issue was resolved, the Akwa Ibom State Government had threatened the health professionals in the State who embarked on the indefinite strike to resume duty or risk being sacked.

The state government had described the health workers’ demands as ill-conceived and politically motivated, stressing that it was ‘unreasonable’ for JOHESU to demand payment of 50% of basic salaries as hazard allowance in the prevailing harsh economic climate.

JOHESU had described the threat by the state government to sack any health professional who fails to resume work immediately as "empty and lacks in substance".

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