AUTH commends JOHESU over strike suspension
June 1, 2018
The Abuja University Teaching Hospital (AUTH), Gwagwalada, Abuja, has commended the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) for suspending its six-week old nationwide strike.
Mr Frank Omagbon, the Information Officer of the hospital, gave the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Gwagwalada on Friday.
NAN reports that JOHESU commenced a nationwide indefinite strike on April 17 to protest failure by the Federal Government to meet its demands.
The union demanded adjustment in the Consolidated Health Salary Scheme; but on Thursday, through its Chairman, Mr Josiah Biobelemoye, agreed to suspend strike while negotiation continues following intervention of the President of Senate.
“It clearly shows that JOHESU and the government had reached a common understanding that will make for an amicable resolution of areas of disagreement.
“That is the beauty and power of dialogue. It also means that, for JOHESU to have suspended the strike, it is responding to the plight of the people.
“The union has given the strike a human face in view of the hardship it has brought on Nigerians,” he said.
The officer applauded the national body for showing a sense of responsibility for the sake of the helpless masses that needed medical attention.
“It is my hope that those who are mediating will help bring lasting solution to incessant unrest in the health sector.
“This is the best decision any reasonable and coordinated union can make.
“I am using this medium to commend JOHESU for the good conduct and cooperation in addressing the issue,” he said.
NAN reports that activities were yet to fully resume at the hospital, as only few health workers were seen attending to patients.