The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) has suspended its nationwide strike that started six weeks ago.
The union announced the decision on Thursday, via a communique issued at the end of its National Executive Council meeting.
In the communique signed by Biobelemoye Josiah, the national chairman of JOHESU, the union said the strike was called off because of the sympathy the union has for the suffering Nigerian masses and also to pave way for further negotiations to continue on Monday.
“We would like to place on record that JOHESU strike actions is neither ill nor politically motivated but in a bid to save the health sector from imminent collapse,” it read.
The resolution of the communique are as follows:
- Court takes over the Negotiations between JOHESU and Government in its Alternative Dispute resolution (ADR) centre.
- JOHESU and Government side are to nominate their representatives in the ADR process within 24 hours of the NICN judgment. The Federal Ministry of Health and Federal Ministry of Labour shall nominate officers that have authority to negotiate on its behalf i.e the Honourable Minister of Health and Honourable Minister of Labour shall not be part of the committee.
- The agreement reached at the ADR centre will be registered in the court as judgment binding on both parties.
- JOHESU is to initiate the process of allowing normalcy to return to hospitals within 3 days.
- Both parties were ordered to maintain status-quo ante bellum while negotiation lasts