Leadership (Abuja)

28 February 2011

Nigeria: Health Workers Suspend Strike

Abuja — A strike action embarked upon by the Joint Health Sector Union (JHSC), which paralysed health and medical services across the country was last weekend called off in Abuja.

Speaking after the signing of the agreement reached between the union and government, the acting chairman of the union, Felix Olukayode said the suspension of the three week strike is as a result of the effort of the union to heed to the demands of Nigerians.

According to the resolutions reached by the two parties and made available to newsmen, all issues concerning the circular on rural posting allowances are to be suspended for the moment until further notice. Also, the status quo ante centred on the withdrawal of teaching allowances before the said circular was issued is to be restored.

While making clarifications on the agreement, the acting chairman told journalists that "A joint committee is to be constituted to define the categories of staff entitled to the two allowances, and also look into other issues of skipping of Contiss 10 and consultancy appointment."

Though, it is not certain whether the government will respect the agreement signed, sources close to the ministry of health told journalists that the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), will have to authenticate specific areas concerning the allowances before any changes will be effected.

The government delegation was led by Justice Abdullahi Gusua, while the Nigerian Medical Association, trade unions, ministry of labour and the JHSC were also members of the committee.

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