The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) has appealed to the Federal Government to pay its members April and May salary in line with their agreement to suspend their strike. Mr Achimugu Isaiah, the branch Chairman, Federal Medical Centre (FMC Keffi), Nasarawa State, made the call on Wednesday while fielding questions from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) shortly after a congress meeting of the union in Keffi.
JOHESU embarked on an indefinite nationwide industrial action on April 18 and resumed work on May 31.
Some of the demands made by the union included upward adjustment of the salary scale, employment of additional health professionals, review of retirement age from 60 years to 65 years and implementation of a court judgment.
JOHESU consists of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Medical and Health Workers Union (MHWUN) and Senior Staff Association of University Teaching Hospitals, among others.
Mr Isaiah said that payment of two-month salary to the members of the union who embarked on strike to press home their demand would cushion their economic plight. He added it would also boost members’ morale toward effective healthcare service delivery. The union leader queried the selective nature of paying few members against the majority.