Striking Workers Yet to Accept Invite to End Strike

The Federal Ministry of Health is to meet with striking health workers as early as Monday next week in hopes of ending the strike, but the workers are yet to respond.

Health minister, Onyebuchi Chukwu said the ministry was ready to “meet with workers on Monday but was waiting for them (Joint Health Sector Unions) to accept the date.”

In his first reaction since support staff in tertiary hospitals nationwide walked out, he defended government’s reluctance to implement ruling handed down by the National Industrial Court on the dispute between both parties.

He said the court’s judgement was “confusing”, prompting government to file an appeal against the ruling.

With an appeal process filed and served on JOHESU, the ministry could not implement ruling or agreement covered in the ultimatum issued or meetings called by JOHESU, said Chukwu.

He also said the ministry called a meeting for Wednesday, which was attended by JOHESU president but focused on inconclusive talks because the union “could not form a quorum.”