Abia Govt, health workers meet, resolve to end strike

The Abia State Government and State Executive Council of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Health Professionals on Thursday met and resolved to suspend the ongoing strike action.

The health unions also resolved to resurrect the suspended strike action in accordance with labour laws should the state government renege on the agreement reached.

This was made known in a communique jointly by Professor ACB Agbazure on behalf of the State government, JOHESU Chairman, Comrade Okoro Ogbonnaya and Comrade Aligwe Chidi, State Secretary of State, Comrade Aligwe Chidi at the end of their extensive meeting.

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The communique was made available to AREWANMU in Umuahia, the state capital on Friday.

The state government with the health workers further equally resolved that payment of CONHESS should be implemented as directed by the governor while paying the next salary of Hospitals Management Board (HMB), Local Governments Health Care Workers, Social Workers in Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.

According to the communique, “Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) Exco is permitted to monitor implementation and revert to the Chief of Staff.

“Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) & Assembly of Health Professionals, Abia State Council commend Abia State Governor, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, Ph.D on his giant strides in the state health sector and congratulate him on his recent award as Vanguard Governor of the Year 2019.

“That Government should take steps to sustain regular payment of subventions to Abia State University Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH), and Hospitals Management Board (HMB) and also constitute a team comprising more of labour leaders to look into the affairs of ABSUTH and HMB with a view to finding lasting solutions.

“That Government should take immediate steps to commence payment of pension and gratuity to scheduled ABSUTH Staff”.

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