The Plateau state Joint Health Workers Union JOHESU
Chairman, Comrade Mustapha Kabir, said that the union had resolved to
embark on a peaceful protest today 1st August 2016 pending when their April and May
salaries are paid and also pass a vote of no confidence on the top
management for total system failure.
He lamented the non
implementation of the MOU signed at the instance of the minister of
health since they called off the strike on 6th of June. Out of over 2000
staff only about 270 received salaries and some were paid N500, N200 or
even N100. He called on the intervention of the Federal Government as a
Federal Teaching hospital should not be faced with issues such as this
and further called for the removal of the Chief Medical Director Professor Edmond Banwat and a change of the entire management team.
SEE RESOLOTIONS BELOW
Management Letter of 27th
july, 2016 and April and May Salaries.
reading the letter from the management on Re: Non adherence to “No work, No
pay” policy with reference number JUTH/BS/44/VOL.XXX/5199 and
DHS/122/VOL.2/106, the congress resolved as follow;
1. The response of the Honorable
Minister is not replying the letter of JOHESU JUTH of 18th July,
2016 since the caption of the response letter
is re: “ No-Work –No Pay “ policy with a different reference; and not
RE: Memorandum Of Understanding JOHESU And Management Of Jos University
Teaching Hospital which is JOHESU’S own caption. It is therefore clear and
convincing that an attempt has been made to change the caption of our letter in
order to make the minister deviate completely from addressing the issues contained
2. JOHESU in their letter of 18th
July, 2016 simply lamented and drew the attention of the minister to
non-implementation of the MOU signed at his instance in Abuja, taking note that
lack of implementation of 2015 MOU was what precipitated the strike action of
March, 2016. This in turn preceded the
arrival of the circular to implement “No-Work-No-Pay” policy it is natural to
say its application long after the said strike began, is retrospective.
It is also interesting
for the minister to note that JOHESU did not indicate in its letter any request
for refund of deducted salaries of its members (workers) as stated in your
response. The unions under the aegis of JOHESU wouldn’t have asked for refund
when the salary arrears have not been paid.
3. The congress also took note of the
fact that management used the opportunity of forwarding our letter to the
minister to make their own request seeking clarification on the subsistence of
the circular on “No-work-No-Pay” policy. This is clearly seen in the minister’s
response to management of JUTH dated 26th July, 2016. We are
compelled by this to conclude that the Honourable Minister of Health is yet to
respond to JOHESU’S letter mention earlier.
4. The minister’s response to the
management of JUTH dated 26th July, 2016 again observed by the
congress as a new move to inflict more psychological and physical pain on
members of staff by issuing fresh threat to stop their salaries if they
agitate; forgetting that none of the workers demands has been met as agreed.
The present circumstance workers of JUTH found themselves is not different from
a clear case of suppression and denial of workers right to cry-out even when
they are in serious pain.
5. The congress also urge JUTH
management to always handle their correspondence and issues therein with
sincerity of purpose and equally call on the minister of health to use his good
office to respond directly to the issues in our letter in order to foster
better relatins between the management and its worker for the overall benefit
In conclusion, the congress unanimously resolved that they
will embark on a peaceful protest from Monday the 1st of August,
2016 pending when their April and May salaries are paid and vote of no
confidence was passes on the top management for total system failure.
Comrade Mustapha Kabir Comrade
Samfi Pius Kesuwo
The joint health workers union JOHESU of the university of Jos Teaching
Hospital JUTH have today 1st August 2016 staged a peaceful protest
barricading the main entrance of the teaching hospital and crippling its
activities, the protest started early by 7am as they blocked the
entrance. The Workers faulted it on the insensitivity of the hospital
management led by the Chief medical Director, Professor Edmond Banwat,
calling for his removal.