Nurses and other categories of health workers at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, have issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to accede to their demands or risk losing their services.
At a joint press conference called by the executives of the various health workers’ association in Ibadan on Thursday, the workers said the ultimatum was in addition to the planned strike by the Joint Health Sector Union at the national level, which would commence on September 20, 2017.
The unions represented at the press conference were the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals, Non Academic Staff Union of Universities and Tertiary Institutions, Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria and Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions.
Chairman of NUAHP, Victor Sotiloye, told newsmen that the unions had reached a conclusion that if the FG refused to meet their demands at the expiration of the ultimatum, members would be mobilised to withdraw their services from the government hospital.
He said the decision was the workers’ last option after exhausting all other avenues to approach the hospital management and the FG, while also appealing to members of the public to show understanding.
The unions are clamouring for the payment of promotion arrears for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
The nurses and other health workers belonging to the unions in the hospital are also calling on the FG to address unpaid salaries of some members due to shortfall in subvention.
The health workers also expressed their sadness over withheld union dues and cooperative society deductions.