HEALTH WORKERS IN ABIA STATE SUSPEND STRIKE, DIRECT MEMBERS TO RESUME WORK IMMEDIATELY

The Joint Health Sector Union JOHESU and Assembly of Allied Health Professionals, Abia State chapter has suspended the ongoing strike action embarked on since November 3rd, 2020 with immediate effect.

The Council has equally directed her members to resume work tomorrow, Thursday, 14th January, 2020.

In a resolution at the end of a meeting between the Abia State Government, JOHESU and Assembly of Allied Health Professionals Abia State, the Council expressed appreciation to the State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu for approving and implementing the Consolidated Health Salary Structure CONHESS to all healthcare workers in the State Civil Service and Local Government Councils.

According to the resolution signed by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Osuji and Head of Service, Sir. Onyii Wamah, on behalf of the State Government and Comrade Okoro Ogbonnaya, State Chairman (MHWUN) and all the Chairmen and Secretaries of the Council, “the Government of Abia State has shown commitment in the payment of salary arrears, having paid three months to Hospital Management Board staff and two months to staff of Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba and five months to staff of Abia State College of Health Sciences and Management Technology, Aba in the month of December, 2020.”

The resolution further disclosed that Government has approved the total sum of four million Naira as running cost for all the Health Authority Secretaries in the 17 LGAs as well as agreed to involve JOHESU leadership in the staff verification exercise at the Hospitals Management Board and the Abia State University Teaching Hospital Aba billed to commence soon.

It equally agreed that none of the members of the Unions would be victimized as a result of the strike action while noting that JOHESU would have to resume the strike with a seven day notice should Government fail to keep its own part of the bargain.

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