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Health Workers’ Union Threatens to go on Strike

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The Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), says it will go on a solidarity strike in support of the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other unions.

The MHWUN National President, Biobelemoye Josiah, and its Acting Secretary-General, Auwalu Kiyawa issued the threat in a joint statement on Sunday in Abuja.

ASUU and other unions in public universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education have been on strike for more than four months over the failure of the Federal Government to meet some of their demands.

The unions are demanding the funding of the revitalization fund, and earned allowances, as well as the implementation of the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) scheme.

They also want the payment of their promotion arrears and the resolution of inconsistency in the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS). 

Mr. Josiah pressed the government to meet the demands.

“In order to protect the future of our youths whose academic life is being disrupted, we call on the government to implement without further delay all the agreements it had entered with the unions.

“We urge the relevant Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari’s earlier directive to resolve all outstanding issues with the unions is backed by immediate acceptable action that would end the stalemate.

“MHWUN wishes to use this medium to unequivocally state that we firmly stand behind the university-based unions and the clear position of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) leadership in this historic struggle,’’ he said.

MHWUN stated that no responsible government will allow its public tertiary institutions to be closed rather than meet demands for better funding and good welfare.

The union also urged its members to ensure they register for and obtain their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).


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