Strike: Court orders FG, JOHESU back to negotiation table

The National Industrial Court, Abuja, says it has taken over the negotiations between the Federal Government and the Joint Health Sector Union in its Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Centre.

The ruling of the court was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) by Dr Casmir Ifeanyi, National Publicity Secretary, Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN), on Wednesday in Abuja.

According to Ifeanyi, the court in its ruling ordered the union and government to nominate their representatives in the ADR process within 24 hours.

“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 three days,” the spokesman said.

NAN recalls that the court had earlier on May 17 ordered the aggrieved members of JOHESU to suspend the protracted strike and resume duties across the nation within 24 hours.

The President of the court, Justice Babatunde Adejumo, gave the order after listening to the submissions of Mr Okere Nnamdi, in an ex-parte motion filed by a non-governmental organisation.

The NGO, Incorporated Trustees of Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International, in the motion prayed the court to direct the workers to resume work and go back to negotiation table.

In his ruling, Adejumo ordered the Ministers of Health and Labour, among other respondents, to immediately set up a committee to address issues raised by labour.

The judge ordered that the parties should arrive at an acceptable and amicable solution in the interest of Nigerians who are bearing the brunt of the industrial action.

NAN also recalls that Mr Josiah Biobelemoye, National Chairman of JOHESU, on May 28 in a statement assured that the union would soon resolve the strike sequel to the intervention of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.

NAN further recalls that JOHESU embarked on the strike on April 17, to press home its demands for improved healthcare facilities, upward adjustment of CONHESS salary scale, and employment of additional health professionals, among others.

(NAN)

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