Saturday, March 29, 2014

NEWS UPDATE: Health Workers Of LASUTH Suspend Strike

Health workers at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, Ikeja, on Friday suspended an indefinite strike they embarked on March 24.

The workers, under the aegis of LASUTH Workers’ Forum, were demanding the implementation of the Consolidated Health Salary Scale (CONHESS) and a refund of deducted allowance and restoration of shift duty allowance.

They equally demanded one month salary bonus as allegedly paid to selected healthcare providers.

The Chairman of the forum, Rasheed Bamishe, announced the suspension at a congress and said the workers would resume on March 31.

“Our position collectively is that we are suspending the strike with immediate effect from Monday, March 31.

“The decision is based on the commitment we got from the management of LASUTH and backed up with the board resolution on the issues of free health service and uniforms for the staff.

“We also got commitment from the Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, assuring us that the issues on ground will be addressed,” Mr. Bamishe said.

The chairman said that the workers would ensure that the hospital environment would be clean before the  resumption date.

“It is not our wish to go on strike, but it became necessary since we had no option.

“We pray and hope that we will be able to give the best to encourage our patients,” he said.

The Chief Medical Director, Wale Oke, and Public Relations Officer, Dele Johnson, were not available for comments.

The workers’ forum includes the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria and National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives.

The others are the Nigerian Union of Physiotherapists, Pharmacists and other Technologies Allied to Medicine; as well as the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria.

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