The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and the Assembly of Health Care Professionals have warned that it will commence a seven-day warning strike from 13 September.
Bio Josiah, National Chairman of JOHESU, stated this while addressing journalists in Abuja on Monday.
This is coming against the backdrop of the nationwide strike by resident doctors.
According to Josiah, the union’s commitment to resolve issues through dialogue has been taken for granted.
The JOHESU Chairman insisted on the immediate payment of the shortfall in the COVID-19 allowances of non-clinical staff in the federal health institutions presently pegged at 10 per cent to the agreed 50 per cent of basic salaries paid to all clinical staff in the FHIs.
He also asked states and LGAs that have not domesticated the COVID-19 allowances for their clinical and non-clinical health workers to abide by the agreement without further delay to avoid the breakdown of industrial harmony in their health sector.
He said: “We demand unconditional payment of all withheld salaries at Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, JUTH, LUTH and the complement of April and May 2018 salaries.
“States and Local Governments are urged to unconditionally pay all outstanding salaries. States are urged to conclude minimum wage negotiations and implementation.”
Josiah said the Presidency should direct the Ministry of Health to obey the consent judgment of the National Industrial Court delivered on March 19, 2019.
He also called on Festus Keyamo (SAN), Minister of State for Labour and Employment, to take over the negotiations between them and the FG from the substantive Minister, Chris Ngige, whom he accused of compromise.
He said: “If the Federal Government does not meet these demands by midnight of September 13, 2020, JOHESU will have no other choice than to commence a nationwide seven-day warning strike of our members in all the Federal Health Institutions.
“The states and LG health institutions are placed on red alert for possible entry into the fray if the FG foot-drags in attending to our demands.”