The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), have begun their planned strike, following alleged inability of the Federal Government to meet their demands.
JOHESU urged members to withdraw their services.
JOHESU is the umbrella body of health workers’ unions and associations, including the Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria, Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Non-Academic Staff of Educational and Associated Institutions, and Senior Staff Association of Universities’ Teaching Hospitals Research Institutes and Associated Institutions.
The ministry of labour had said the strike was ill-timed and illegal.
It asked JOHESU to shelve the action and return to the negotiation table
National Association of Resident Doctors also called off its strike last week.
At a conciliatory meeting last Thursday by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, the government announced that it had reached an agreement with the unions.
But JOHESU leaders, in a memo on Sunday, said since nothing concrete was achieved at the conciliatory meeting, the strike notice was “still alive”.