From Femi Oyelola Kaduna
Secretary General of Medical Health Personnel of Nigeria, Comrade Silas Adamu, has said that, the Joint Health Sector Unions, (JOHESU) technically and officially was not aware of any court injunction stopping their strike action.
He described the development as a rumour and it remains a rumour because nobody has served them with any court injunction.
He disclosed this while speaking to the media in Kaduna yesterday.
He added that, it is unfortunate that Nigerian Medical Association, (NMA) is calling JOHESU an illegal contraption
According to him, NMA is an illegal union, unregistered one. And as unregistered organization it does not have the status that Government confers on it as a trade union.
He said that, it is only a registered trade union that is conferred with such status; but unfortunately because of the nature of the Federal Ministry of Health in causing discriminatory tendencies with the set up in the health sector it has conferred on NMA illegally a status of a trade union.
“Let the NMA produce it registration by the Registrar of Trade Unions that confers on it the status of a trade union.
“ All the five registered unions NMA calls illegal contraption are registered trade union. If five registered trade unions operating within the same environment decide to come together to negotiate with their employers, what is illegal about this?” he queried.
“JOHESU is an amalgamation of five industrial Unions. The Government itself has not declare JOHESU illegal, rather it is in the interest of government to bring these five Unions together and negotiate with us, otherwise government will be dealing with five different industrial Unions.
However, Kaduna State chapter of the Joint Health Sector Unions,
(JOHESU) and Assembly of Health Care Professionals have decided to join the ongoing national strike called by the leadership of the Union. The State Chairman, Comrade Ayuba Suleiman made the revelation yesterday.
He said the unions are demanding that: “The State Government should issue a circular for implementation of the balance of 30 per cent Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) for the state and local government health workers.”
He added that, the union also demanded that all statutory and professional dues deductions e.g Pension, Taxes, National Housing Fund, cooperative e contribution, Union Check-off dues among others should be remitted without further delay to the appropriate institutions.
The union also demanded that the state government domesticate court judgment in favour of medical laboratory scientists from the National Industrial Court in Kaduna State (Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital Kaduna).