Saturday, May 12, 2012

Health Minister Condemns Strike, Undermines JOHESU

Health Minister Condemns Strike, Undermines JOHESU
The minister of health, Pro. Onyebuchi Chukwu has condemned the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) strike in a widely circulated internal memo during the week. The point-by-point rejoinder
made on the demands of JOHESU clearly reveals his disdain for the agitation by the Unions
and reluctance to address the demands so as to let peace reign.
The position of the minister remains parochial as accused by JOHESU.

FMC Asaba MD On Revenge Mission
It is no longer news that medical laboratory scientists in FMC Asaba, Delta State are at loggerhead with
the management. They are already winning but the management recently fought back by reducing
the number of interns employed from 35 last year to 12 this year.
The 12 employed were selected from 180 applicants who wished to do their internship at the health center.
What a smart way to revenge?

'Wait For 2012 Job Re-Evaluation Before Renegotiation!'-Health Minister
The minister of health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu has called on JOHESU to sheath its sword
and wait for the 2012 job evaluation before any allowance could be reviewed. This assertaion was
made in a recent memo issued from his stable. According to him, it is in the purview of the
salaries and wages commission to review allowances and not the ministry of health.
But what has not been said in the memo are the impediments the minister has laid before JOHESU
to frustrate their demands.

FG Sets Up Technical Working Committee To Settle Trade Dispute With JOHESU
A technical committee has been set up by the federal government of Nigeria to
look into some of the demands of JOHESU (Joint Health Sector Union).
This is coming on the heels of the devastating effect the strike is having
on the already comatose health sector and the intervention of the minister of labour,
Emeka Worgu.
Issues to be considered by the committee include, non-skipping, consultancy allowances,
call duty allowance renegotiation among others.

JOHESU May Suspend Strike Next Week?
Doubts and frustration pervades the members of JOHESU who have been hunger
for news on update of the strike which commenced on tuesday, 8th May, 2012.
An emergency meeting scheduled for Monday 14th, May 2012 may be used as a platform
to suspend the strike considering the concession offered by the federal government.
But most members sees the concession as an afterthought following non-cooperative attitude of
the health minister whose house is on fire.

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