Contrary to reports being circulated around the media that the Joint Health Sector Union has agreed to call off its strike, calls to both NANNM and JOHESU Officials have them strongly denying those claims.
They say talks are still in progress and no such decision has been reached.
Comrade Yusuf Badmus when contacted had this to say:
"It is not the Government that called the strike action and they are not to say that we have agreed to call off our strike action. A meeting was only held and we (JOHESU) said that we would report to our members and a decision would be made.
"Agreed to report back and Agreed to call off a strike are two different things."
He also cautioned the Government saying:
"No one would call off the strike action unless all demands laid out by JOHESU are met, and if by next next week there is nothing concrete shown by the Government then the scope of the strike would be expanded to include both State and local Govt. Healthcare Institutions.
Also speaking to our correspondent, Deacon Onah Luke, The National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives Secretary in Imo State when contacted said:
"The strike action is still ongoing, we havent agreed to call it off yet when our demands have not been met. Those reports are all propaganda from the Federal Government."
It would be recalled that after a six hour deliberation on Thursday last week that had lasted till 10 pm, JOHESU saw that government did not have any good news for it, except the restoration of consultancy status that was earlier drawn from health care providers. They decided to down tools on midnight of November 12 to push forward their demands which include:
i. Non promotion of our members from salary CONHESS 14-15 as directors having stayed for 4-15 years on the same salary level without promotion in most Federal Tertiary Hospitals.
ii. Immediate release of circular on adjustment of salary since January 2014 and immediate payment of at least two months arrears while the remaining is paid after being accomodated in the 2015 budget.
iii. Immediate release of the circular on extension of retirement age to be backdated to February 2014 when the issue was presented to the National Council on establishment.
iv. Immediate and full payment of arrears of salaries of CONHESS 10 skipping outstanding since the year 2010.
v. Payment of arrears of specialist allowance to qualified hospital based professionals with effect from 1st January 2010 in line with the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) ruling.
vi. Addressing the lopsidedness in the membership of Boards of Management of Tertiary Hospitals.
vii. Need to define the Functions and power of honourary consultants in Teaching Hospitals and the need to appoint more Hospital Based Consultants instead of Honourary Consultants.
viii. Release of harmonised scheme of service for Nurses and Midwives in line with the NICN ruling.