Healthcare

Health Workers Demand Better Pay From FG

The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) have urged the Federal Government to increase the salaries of health workers in the country.

The union said that the current pay structure was not commensurate with the risks and challenges faced by health workers, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The National Chairman of JOHESU, Comrade Biobelemoye Josiah, made this call on Saturday in Abuja at a press conference to mark the end of the union’s National Executive Council meeting.

He said that health workers deserved better remuneration and welfare packages, as well as improved working conditions and equipment.

He also called on the government to implement the agreements reached with the union in 2017 and 2018, which include the adjustment of the Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS), payment of COVID-19 hazard allowance, and promotion of health workers.

He warned that if the government failed to address these issues, the union would have no option but to embark on industrial action.

He said, “We are calling on the Federal Government to urgently review the salaries of health workers upward. We are not asking for anything new; we are only asking for what is due to us. We have been patient enough, but we cannot continue to suffer in silence.”

He added, “We are also calling on the government to honor its own agreements with us. We have signed several Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) and Memoranda of Action (MoA) with the government, but none of them have been implemented. This is unfair and unacceptable.”

He appealed to Nigerians to support the union’s struggle for better health care delivery in the country.