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UITH Declare Indefinite Strike

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JOHESU Leader Biobelemoye Josiah

Members of the Joint Health Sector Union, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital chapter, on Wednesday declared an indefinite strike over the non-payment of promotion and skipping of allowances.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this is the second time in less than two months that JOHESU members of the UITH chapter will be embarking on a strike action to press home same demands.

Chairman of the JOHESU-UITH chapter, Mr. Olutunde Oluwawumi, who declared the industrial action during an emergency congress of the union in Ilorin, noted that their requests border on workers’ series of arrears.

He alleged maladministration, poor National Health Insurance Scheme for the union members and what he described as “out-of-stock syndrome;” adding that these issues have not been addressed.

According to him, the demands of members have not been met till now, which had inflicted hardship on both workers and patients.

Oluwawumi maintained that his members could no longer endure the hardship, hence the need for the indefinite strike.

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Reacting to the development, Head, Corporate Affairs Unit of the UITH Ilorin, Mrs. Olabisi Ajiboye, said the strike was a local action and that the management would soon address the requests of the workers

She noted that the bone of contention had to do with nonpayment of promotion arrears.

According to her, the management is not unaware of the issues on ground and will hold meeting with necessary stakeholders to address the issues.

“Management is not relenting on its efforts to address issues raised by JOHESU. Management ensures workers’ welfare is important,” she said.

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