Kwara health workers begin 3-day warning strike today


By Matthew Denis

The Kwara State chapters of joint council of Medical and Health workers  Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) in collaboration with National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) will on Monday midnight commence a three -day warning strike.
This was contained in a statement jointly signed by the state Chairmen of NANNM amd MHWUN, Comrade Joseph Adekanye and Comrade Muritala Olayinka Saheed respectively and made available to this medium at the weekend.
The statement reads: “Arising from the Congress meeting of Coalition of Health Sector Union (COHESU) held on Friday 16th November, 2018 following the inability of the Kwara State government to pay 10 per cent increase on the existing 50 per cent Consolidated Health Structure (CONHESS)  to our members in the local government level, the Congress resolved to embarked on three days warning strike effective from Monday at midnight
“This is also to address gross shortage of human resources as well as non provision of working tools in the health facilities across the state.”
According to the statement, the Congress had written series of letters giving 14 days ultimatum and added another seven days which expires on the 9th November, 2018 without any response from the state government.
It further added that if the state government fails to respond towards the warning strike, the Congress will reconvene and take a drastic industrial action immediately.
Responding to the development, the Kwara State Commissioner of Health, Alh Usman Kolo Rifun,  said he was yet to be officially communicated on the issue.
“I’m just hearing about it from you. I am yet to receive official statement concerning the warning strike.”

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