COMMUNIQUE OF THE EXPANDED NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL EMERGENCY MEETING OF THE JOINT HEALTH SECTOR UNIONS HELD ON 17TH SEPTEMBER, 2021, VIA ZOOM AND PHYSICAL ATTENDANCE, AT MEDICAL AND HEALTH WORKERS' UNION OF NIGERIA (MHWUN) NATIONAL SECRETARIAT, AYUBA WABBA HOUSE, AREA 1, ABUJA
The emergency meeting of the expanded National Executive Council of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHPA), took place today, Friday, 17th September, 2021
The expanded NEC comprising of the Presidents and General Secretaries of affiliate unions and Professional Associations, NEC members of affiliate unions and JOHESU Chairmen and Secretaries at the State and Branch levels
NEC-in-Session critically appraised the reports of JOHESU negotiation and conciliation meetings with Federal Government since the declaration of the trade dispute through the fifteen days strike notice Issued on 2' September, 2021.
NEC also noted the appeal from President Muhammadu Buhari on the need to show understanding with his administration and the President's pledge to pay any debt owed health workers.
INEC-in-Session received and examined reports of congresses held at various health facilities across the country on the mobilisation for the strike action due to commence 00hrs 18th September, 2021.
Resolution NEC-in-Session after long hours of exhaustive of deliberations on Issues surrounding the planned strike action resolved as follows
i. The Federal Ministry of Health should ensure speedy circularization of all establishment and welfare matters as agreed during negotiation meetings.
ii. The Federal Government should ensure that the new data for the computation of the adjusted Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) for JOHESU members be completed and submitted to the "High Level Body" (HLB) of the F6 not later than Wednesday, 22nd September, 2021 as agreed.
iii. NEC-in-Session urges the Federal Government to ensure that the "High Level Body" (HLB) complete and submit the computation of the adjusted CONHESS for inclusion in the 2022 budget within the 30th September, 2021 submission window.
iv. NEC-in-Session urges the Federal Government to reciprocate the patriotic humanitarian gesture of JOHESU in the interest of the larger Nigerian masses to expeditiously resolve all the demands within the fifteen days window.
v. Finally, NEC-in-Session unanimously adopts a resolution to step down the notice of strike action due to expire mid-night 17th September, 2021 and issue a fresh notice of fifteen days.
NEC-in-Session appreciates all members for their commitment and understanding towards the struggle for better working conditions, improved healthcare services and social justice for all.
Comrade (Chief) M.O. Ajorutu
Ag. National Secretary
For: National Chairman, JOHESU