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Nigeria: JOHESU Threatens Strike Over Discriminatory Hazard Allowances

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The Joint Health Sector Unions says it will meet with the Federal Government on Wednesday over discriminatory payment of the COVID-19 Hazard Allowances within the health sector.

Mr Joy-Josiah Biobelemoye JOHESU National President said this at the end of an emergency meeting of the leadership of the union to avert a nationwide shutdown in the health sector on Tuesday in Abuja.

The Newsmen recalls that the Federal Government released N4.6 billion to the National Association of Resident Doctors to settle their hazard and inducement allowances for the months of April and May after its recent industrial action.

According to Biobelemoye, we are very mindful of the consequence of shutting down the health system but in recent times development have shown that we are been pushed and we are forced to engage in a shutdown process.

He noted that health workers are known to be those employed within the health sector directly or indirectly to carry out health services for the good health of the citizenry.

Biobelemoye added that the World Health definition of health worker encompass administrators, drivers, cleaners, laundry among others, adding this has been misinterpreted by the Federal Ministry of Health.

The union also want the government to recognise JOHESU members as consultants and pay them special allowances, commensurate with their status, including implementation of 2017 collective bargain agreement, among others.

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