Health workers

The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) has appealed to the federal government to pay its members April and May salary in line with their agreement to suspend their strike.

Achimugu Isaiah, the branch Chairman, Federal Medical Centre (FMC Keffi), Nasarawa state, made the call on Wednesday while fielding questions from reeporters shortly after a congress meeting of the union in Keffi.

Isaiah said that payment of two month salary to the members of the union who embarked on strike to press home their demand would cushion their economic plight.

He added it would also boost members’ morale toward effective healthcare service delivery.
The union leader queried the selective nature of paying few members against the majority.

“After the suspension of the strike, we have been meeting with our management on the need for payment of April and May salary to our members but the management told us that those that were paid are those that worked during the strike.

“Such beneficiaries like the management staff, drivers and their personal assistants, among others, were paid based on directive from the federal government.

“They said that anything that was done was based on directive and they can only take our message on the payment of our April/May salary to the federal government for action.

“It is in view of this that we are pleading to the federal government to consider our presentation, the plight of workers by paying us our April/May salary in the interest of peace,” he said.

Isaiah urged the federal government to do the needful by implementing the demands of the union so as to put the issues that led to the strike to an end.